The wave of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping Hollywood continues to expose wrongdoing in the industry, with yet another actor paying the price for his sins.
Tuesday morning, Netflix announced that actor Danny Masterson had been fired from his Netflix show “The Ranch” after accusations that he raped four women.
The charges date back 15 years, to his time on the Fox show ‘That 70s Show.’ Police investigated at the time but did not file charges.
The allegations resurfaced in the wake of sexual misconduct charges that have rocked Hollywood, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Many called for Netflix to suspend Masterson over the charges, but the network waited on taking action.
The firing comes just days after one of Masterson’s accusers confronted a Netflix executive while he coached his child’s soccer game.
Danny Masterson has been fired from his comedy series The Ranch, Netflix announced on Tuesday.
‘As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,’ a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.
‘Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.’
Masterson continues to deny allegations that he violently raped four women, one of whom he was dating at the time.
‘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. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit,’ Masterson told HuffPost on Tuesday.
‘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.’
Masterson is now the third Netflix employee to be fired over the past few weeks, following the streaming giant’s ousting of Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.
This decision comes just two days after the director of global kids content at Netflix told one of the four women who has accused Masterson of rape that company executives do not believe her or the other three alleged victims.
HuffPost reported that Andy Yeatman was approached by an alleged victim during their daughters’ soccer game on Sunday, who asked how the streaming giant planned to respond to the claims of violent sexual assault which have been made against the actor, who stars alongside Ashton Kutcher in Netflix’s comedy series The Ranch.
Yeatman responded by saying that while Netflix takes allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, but in this particular case ‘we don’t believe them.’
The woman was stunned according to the report, and then revealed she was one of Masterson’s accusers.
Netflix later confirmed that this exchange did happen, saying Yeatman’s remarks ‘were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company.’
Yeatman was unaware that the woman was an alleged victim when she approached him.
The pair did not speak again until after the match. Yeatman was coaching his daughter’s team while the victim’s husband was the coach of the opposing squad.
Yeatman approached the victim after the match to try and clear the air, explaining that he had nothing to do with the decision as to whether or not Masterson or his show would suffer as a result of the scandal.
He also made a point of noting that he had no idea she was one of Masterson’s accusers, which led to the victim breaking down in tears and saying: ‘I hope no one ever says that to your daughter.’