Dalawang Hollywood actors ang na-headline noong nakaraang linggo dahil inakusahan sila sa salang rape o panggagahasa.
Kinasuhan ng three counts of rape ang That ’70s Show actor na si Danny Masterson sa Los Angeles County District noong nakaraang June 17.
Inaresto ang aktor noong nakaraang Wednesday, pero na-release ito on a $3.3 million bail ayon sa Los Angeles County Sheriff's department website.
“Masterson is charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003,” ayon sa press release na mula sa District Attorney’s Office.
Ang arraignment ni Masterson ay scheduled for September 18.
Ayon naman sa statement ng attorney ni Masterson na si Tom Mesereau: “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.
“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out.
“The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
Masterson, whose real name is Daniel Peter Masterson, is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001. He also allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman in April 2003 and a 23-year-old woman sometime between October and December of that year, according to the press release.
More charges were filed against him in 2019 when women who were part of his Church of Scientology also made allegations against him.
Naganap diumano ang panghahalay ni Masterson sa tatlong babaeng ito sa kanyang Hollywood Hills home. If convicted, Masterson faces a possible sentence of up to 45 years to life in state prison.
Hindi pa naglalabas ng official statement si Danny o ang kanyang misis na si Bijou Phillips. Walang bagong post sa kanyang Twitter account si Masterson, pero nag-deactivate ng kanyang Instagram ang misis niyang si Bijou.
Ayon sa report, ginawa raw mag-deactivate ni Bijou ng kanyang IG account para maprotektahan ang 6-year old daughter nila ni Danny na si Dianna Francis Masterson.
Isang child actor and model si Masterson na nagsimula noong siya ay four years old. By eight years old ay nakalabas na siya sa ilang musical plays and by 16, ay nakagawa siya ng higit sa 100 TV commercials.
Lumabas si Masterson sa four seasons of the TV series Cybill (1995 to 1998) at dumating a big break niya nang magbida siya kasama sina Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama sa period teen sitcom na That '’70s Show na umere ng eight seasons mula 1998-2006.
Ginawa rin niya ang sitcoms na Men At Work at The Ranch for Netflix. Noong 2017, tinanggal sa cast ng The Ranch si Masterson dahil sa rape allegations laban sa kanya.
Ang nagbida naman sa pelikulang The Fault In Our Stars na si Ansel Elgort ay inakusahan ng rape ng isang 17-year old teenager noong nakaraang June 19.
Ayon sa now-deleted Twitter account ng user na si @Itsgabby, she was sexually assaulted by Elgort days after she turned 17. Nasa kanyang twenties na raw ang aktor that time.
“I'm not posting this to ‘clout chase’ because I simply don't care for that. I'm posting this so I can finally heal and I know I'm not alone and he's done this to other girls.
“So when it happened instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn’t want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were ‘we need to break you in. I WASN’T there in that moment mentally. I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone I was in shock.
“He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be. I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT. He as well said stuff like ‘you’re going to be such a beautiful young lady when you’re older.’ I was f—ing 17.
“Finally I’m ready to talk about it and finally heal,” she concluded. “I just want to heal and I want to tell other girls who have been through the same s— as me, you’re not alone.”
The accuser, who now suffers from PTSD and panic attacks, ay sinabi pa na after ng incident with Elgort, humingi pa raw ito ng nude photos at kung puwede raw bang maka-threesome niya ibang friends nito.
Mabilis na pinabulaan ni Elgort ang akusasyon sa kanya at pinost niya ito sa kanyang Instagram account.
“I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours.
“I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feeling but her description of events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone. What is true is that in New York in 2014, when I was 20, Gabby and I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship. Unfortunately, I did not handle the breakup well. I stopped responding to her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone. I know this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared.
“As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn and work to grow in empathy.”
Elgort, who was a teen model and Off-Broadway actor, made his screen debut in the 2013 remake of the thriller, Carrie. Naging overnight star siya dahil sa pagbida niya sa pelikulang The Fault In Our Stars in 2014. Ginawa rin niya ang Divergent film series with Shailene Woodley.
Iba pang pelikula ni Elgort ay Men, Women & Children, Baby Driver, Billionaire's Boys Club, The Goldfinch and the soon-to-be-released West Side Story.
In April 2020, Elgort posted a nude photo of himself on social media as part of a fundraising effort to feed those affected by COVID-19.
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