Masterson Written out of “The Ranch” Amid Rape Claims

Following on from yesterday’s post questioning how the sexual assault claims against Kevin Spacey and Danny Masterson had been handled differently, Netflix have today written Masterson out of “The Ranch” and issued the following statement:

As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.

– Netflix

In response, Masterson has issued this statement:

I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” Masterson said in a statement. “Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.

– Danny Masterson

Source: Variety
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6 thoughts on “Masterson Written out of “The Ranch” Amid Rape Claims

  1. I feel sorry for him if he turns out to be innocent. We now live in a world of guilty until proven innocent, but the proof of innocence is too late for actors whose lives and careers have been destroyed by false allegations.

    1. Makes sense. In UK libel law it’s you’re innocent unless there is absolute proof otherwise. In the US, regarding libel it’s up to the accused to prove their innocence so media are more likely to name them.

    2. Also, they spend years gathering ‘evidence’ or at least testimony and statements from many people before anyone speaks out. You never hear a ‘No way, not X!’ when one of these accusations come to light, just stories of how it was an ‘open secret’. I learnt what a ‘Blind Item’ is yesterday, and what’s been in the media this year is the very tip of the iceberg.

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