Danny Masterson's Rep Denies Sexual Assault Claims, Places Blame on Leah Remini
Former That '70s Show star and prominent member of the Church of Scientology Danny Masterson is being investigated by police after at least three women accused him of sexual assault, reports say.
Police told The Hollywood Reporter late last week that they are "conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson" after "three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s."
But Masterson's rep released a statement slamming the allegations and seemingly blaming actress Leah Remini for them, saying the reports are further attempts by Remini to smear the Church of Scientology.
"We are aware of Chrissie Carnell's 16-year-old allegations," the statement reads. "It was only after Chrissie Carnell was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson. The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend. Significantly, during their long relationship she made numerous inconsistent claims that she was previously raped by at least 3 other famous actors and musicians."
It continues, "When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him. In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand Chrissie Carnell made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent."
Still, while Masterson's statement is blaming Remini for apparently trying to frame him, he's only attributing to her one of the women who has accused him of assault. There are two others.
The allegations against Masterson were first reported on a blog written by Tony Ortega, a reporter who has done extensive research on Scientology. Masterson's statement also questions the veracity of the blog.
"We are aware also that approximately 14 years ago a woman referred to in the blog made allegations of sexual assault and that the LAPD interviewed numerous witnesses and determined the claim had no merit," it reads. "Based on reading the anti-Scientology blog that posted this story, these false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini's anti-Scientology television series since Chrissie Carnell only came forward after connecting with Leah Remini."
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