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Investigation into rape claims against Danny Masterson has "inexplicably stalled"

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Back in March, we reported that former That ‘70s Show star Danny Masterson was under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly sexually assaulting three women in the early 2000s. One of the issues with the investigation was that the accusers—like Masterson—were members of the Church Of Scientology at the time, and they said the organization had “discouraged” them from going to the police. They had reportedly gotten the idea to finally come forward now from Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology And The Aftermath, and some people suggested that Scientology was being particularly unhelpful to the investigation out of a desire to protect Masterson.

Now, The Huffington Post is reporting that a fourth woman has accused Masterson of rape (though it’s unclear if she was also ever a Scientologist), but despite having “compelling evidence” for the case, the investigation has “inexplicably stalled.” According to anonymous sources “inside and outside” the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the LAPD has “overwhelming “ evidence that 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.” Despite all of that, though, charges have not been approved and the investigation can’t move forward, leaving some of the sources “confused.”

Masterson is currently starring in the Netflix series The Ranch, and even though the streaming service was quick to respond to the allegations against House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey, it doesn’t appear to have commented on the allegations against Masterson at all.

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