FILE PHOTO: Actor Danny Masterson arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gangster Squad” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/File Photo
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “That 70s Show” actor Danny Masterson has been charged with raping three women in separate incidents in 2001 and 2003, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said on Wednesday.
The District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that it had declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases because of insufficient evidence and because of the statute of limitations.
Masterson, 44, got his break-out role in the 1998-2006 television comedy series “That 70s Show,” in which he played a rebel adolescent. He could not immediately be reached for comment on the charges.
In a statement issued to Variety, Tom Mesereau, Masterson’s attorney, vowed to fight the charges.
“Mr. Masterson 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,” Mesereau said in the statement. “The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Howard Goller