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‘That 70s Show’ Actor Danny Masterson Charged in 3 Rapes –

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson was charged with the rapes of three women in the early 2000s, Los Angeles prosecutors said Wednesday, the culmination of a three-year investigation that resulted in a rare arrest of a famous Hollywood figure in the #MeToo era.

The three counts of rape by force or fear against Masterson were filed Tuesday, and an arrest warrant isssued. Masterson, 44, was arrested late Wednesday morning, jail records showed. He was released a few hours later after posting bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 18.

Masterson’s attorney Tom Mesereau said his client is innocent, and “we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.”

Prosecutors allege that Masterson raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman he had invited to his Hollywood Hills home between October and December of 2003.

If convicted, he could face up to 45 years in prison.

Prosecutors declined to file charges in two other Masterson cases that police had investigated, one because of insufficient evidence and the other because the statute of limitations had expired.

Masterson has been married to actor and model Bijou Phillips since 2011.

“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out,” said Mesereau, who has previously represented Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby in their trials for sexual crimes.

“The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”

The women, whose names were not made public, issued a statement through their attorneys saying they have suffered “harassment, embarrassment and re-victimization” since they began cooperating with authorities.

“We are thankful that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is finally seeking criminal justice against Masterson,” the statement said. “We are confident that the truth will be known and hope that the charges filed today are the first steps in this long journey of healing, justice, and holding those that victimized us accountable.”

The alleged rapes came at the height of Masterson’s fame as he starred on the retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” alongside Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace. The series ran on Fox TV from 1998 to 2006 and has had a long afterlife in reruns.

He had reunited with Kutcher on the Netflix western sitcom “The Ranch” when the LAPD investigation of him was revealed in March 2017. The news did not have immediate career repercussions for Masterson, but later in the year, after allegations against Harvey Weinstein shook Hollywood’s culture, he was written off the show.

Masterson decried the Hollywood atmosphere that led to his losing the job, and also suggested at the time that his high-profile membership in the Church of Scientology was leading to his persecution.

He said in a 2017 statement that “in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”

Because police were already investigating him, Masterson’s case was not among those taken up by a task force formed by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to investigate sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. That task force has declined to file charges in more than 20 cases in the two years of its existence, charging only Weinstein himself.

Los Angeles prosecutors have begun efforts to bring Weinstein to California to face charges of rape and sexual assault. He is being held in a New York prison after being convicted of similar charges earlier this year.

Masterson’s case still stands out as just the second set of charges Los Angeles prosecutors have filed against a famous Hollywood figure in the #MeToo era.

Masterson worked steadily starting in the early 1990s, largely in TV sitcoms including “Cybill” and “Men at Work” along with “That ’70s Show” and “The Ranch.”

His film credits include the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy “Yes Man,” “The Bridge to Nowhere” in 2009, in which he starred with his future wife Phillips, and 2011’s “The Chicago 8,” in which he played 1960s antiwar activist Jerry Rubin.

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Scooby Doo Actor Matthew Lillard Explains Why Not Playing Shaggy In Scoob! Was A ‘Bummer’ – CinemaBlend

Matthew Lillard as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo

The late Casey Kasem may have been the first actor to bring Scooby-Doo character Shaggy Rogers to life, but ever since Kasem retired from the role in 2009, Matthew Lillard has been regularly voicing the character, and had already played Scooby Doo’s best pal in the first two live-action movies. However, when it came time to put Scoob! together, the filmmakers decided to cast Will Forte as Shaggy instead.

This move was incredibly disappointing for Matthew Lillard, as he laid out when it was brought up in an interview about how Will Forte was cast as Shaggy for Scoob!:

About Scoob, I don’t have a lot of nice things to say. I wish them well, I hope the movie does really well. I mean, it was a drag. And I was surprised that happened. And I think Hollywoods an interesting place and I’ve been around for a long time. Some of them are easier than others when you don’t get a job, but that one was a bummer. I like playing the part I like sort of having a legacy and a career that I’ve spent 30 years doing. So I like the fact that I was that part, and it was a bummer that it went a different way.

Shaggy Rogers is certainly one of Matthew Lillard’s most recognizable roles, if not ranked at the top of the list. Following his live action appearances in 2002’s Scooby-Doo and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Lillard starting taking over regular animated Shaggy duties with the animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, returning to voice him in numerous other shows, TV specials and direct-to-video movies.

So it’s understandable why Matthew Lillard was upset that he wasn’t chosen to reprise Shaggy Rogers in Scoob!, which he conveyed while speaking with Entertainment Tonight’s Ash Crossan. He’s not the only Scooby-Doo alum who’s expressed disappointment and not being brought onto the project, as Grey DeLisle-Griffin, who’s been voicing Daphne Blake for more than 20 years now, expressed similar sentiments this week. That said, Lillard made it clear that he doesn’t hold any ill will towards the movie overall, and also tweeted the following today:


I hope you’re everything the world needs in this time of crisis. Have a great opening. #zoinks. .

— matthew lillard (@MatthewLillard) May 15, 2020

So while you won’t be hearing Matthew Lillard in Scoob!, you can still hear him as Shaggy Rogers on the TV and direct-to-video front for the foreseeable future. He and Grey DeLisle-Griffin currently star on the Cartoon Network/Boomerang series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, which also features Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley and Frank Welker as both Fred Jones and Scooby-Doo.

As for who’s starring in Scoob!, Will Forte is joined by Frank Welker reprising Scooby-Doo, Zac Efron as Fred Jones, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake and Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley. Scoob! is also notable for featuring characters from other corners of the Hanna-Barbera franchise, including Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon, Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly, Kiersey Clemons as De Dee Sykes, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt and Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman.

Scoob! is now available to rent or buy on VOD, and as for what movies are slated to hit theaters later in the year, you can find that information in our 2020 release schedule.

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