Los Angeles prosecutors will retry “That ’70s Present” actor Danny Masterson on three rape counts after a hopelessly deadlocked jury led to a mistrial in his first trial in November.
The LA County District Lawyer’s Workplace declared prosecutors’ plans in courtroom filings and at a Tuesday listening to, the place Superior Courtroom Decide Charlaine F. Olmedo rejected a protection movement to dismiss the costs.
The transfer comes regardless of prosecutors failing to get even half of the earlier jury to vote to convict on any of the counts towards Masterson, who's charged with the rape of three ladies, together with a former girlfriend, at his house between 2001 and 2003.
“We're happy that Danny Masterson won't be permitted to easily escape legal accountability,” two of the three ladies and the husband of 1 mentioned in a joint assertion launched by their attorneys. “Regardless of struggling years of intimidation and harassment, we're fully dedicated to collaborating within the subsequent legal trial.”
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The choose tentatively set the retrial to start in late March.
The 46-year-old Masterson had no remark to reporters exterior courtroom after Tuesday’s listening to, and his legal professional didn't reply to an e-mail requesting remark.
He has pleaded not responsible, and his lawyer has mentioned the acts had been all consensual.
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The Church of Scientology performed a serious position in the course of the month-long trial, with Masterson a member and all three ladies former members. Prosecutors mentioned the church dissuaded them from going public for years, which the church has denied.
The fees date to a interval when Masterson was on the peak of his fame, starring from 1998 till 2006 as Steven Hyde on Fox’s “That ’70s Present.” The present made stars of Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace and is getting an upcoming Netflix reboot with “That ’90s Present.”
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