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Actor Danny Masterson Charged with Raping Three Women

Danny Masterson
FILE – In this March 24, 2014 file photo, actor Danny Masterson arrives at Youth for Human Rights International Celebrity Benefit at Beso Hollywood in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police are investigating after three women reported being sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s, but the actor denies the allegations, which he says are motivated by the producer of an anti-Scientology television series. An LAPD spokesman confirmed the investigation Friday, March 3, 2017, but declined to provide additional details. (Photo by Annie I. Bang/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Danny Masterson was charged Wednesday with forcibly raping three women during separate incidents between 2001 and 2003.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that Masterson is being charged with three counts of rape by force or fear.

The 44-year-0ld actor from “That ’70s Show” is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December of 2001, according to the district attorney’s office.

In April 2003, he allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman.

Masterson is also accused of raping a 23-year-old woman he had invited to his Hollywood Hills home sometime between October and December 2003.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division, who is prosecuting the case, says all of the alleged crimes took place at the actor’s home.

Masterson’s arraignment is scheduled for September 18.

If he is convicted as charged, Masterson faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.

The district attorney’s office adds that it declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, one due to insufficient evidence, and the other based upon the statute of limitations for the alleged crime.