According to the Huffington Post, an LAPD investigation of That 70s Show star Danny Masterson has inexplicably stalled, even though at least four women alleged to law enforcement that Masterson “violently raped” them back in the early 2000s.
HuffPo seems to imply that because Masterson is a Scientologist — a powerful force in Hollywood, specifically, and California, in general — that the Church of Scientology has been involved in trying to get Masterson off the hook. Three of Masterson’s accusers are also Scientologists, and reporting inside-the-Church crimes to authorities is considered “suppressive” behavior by the organization, which keeps strict control over its members.
Sources close to the LAPD and the Los Angeles County Prosector’s office say authorities have “compelling” evidence that Masterson committed at least four brutal rapes in the early 2000s.
The evidence includes audiotapes, emails sent to and from Scientology officers at the time the alleged rapes happened, forensic computer evidence and a threatening handwritten letter Masterson sent to one of the alleged victims, according to two people with knowledge of the evidence in the district attorney’s possession.
In one case from 2003, the victim told the LAPD that she passed out and awoke to find Masterson trying to have sex with her. When she resisted, she claims, Masterson choked her until she passed out again.
But even as the LAPD pursued her case, they met with opposition from the Church of Scientology who intervened in the investigation and sent the LAPD 50 separate, signed affidavits from women, also in the Church, who disputed the victim’s account and supported Masterson.
Eventually, sources told the Huffington Post, the woman’s case file simply vanished.
HuffPo claimes that three of Masterson’s alleged victims, also Scientologists, reported the rapes to the Church, but apparently became frustrated with Church officials and took a risk, going outside Scientology to law enforcement — considered a major sin against the organization. Individuals who complain to outside authorities are labeled “suppressive” and can be expelled or shunned from Scientology.
The alleged rapes are coming to light now, as Hollywood’s seedy underbelly comes to light.