Danny Masterson, the That ’70s Show star fired in December 2017 from the Netflix series The Ranch, is facing a new lawsuit from four women who claim he raped and sexually assaulted them in the earlier 2000s.
“This is beyond ridiculous,” Danny Masterson said response to the suit, which names the Church of Scientology and alleges stalking and intimidation occurred after the women reported the alleged assaults in 2016 and 2017.
“I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years,” Masterson said in a statement through his attorney. “I will beat her in court — and look forward to it because the public will finally be able learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the damage they caused me and my family.”
Details of the alleged stalking and intimidation were reported by Variety:
The lawsuit states that the women were all followed, allegedly by agents of the Church of Scientology, in retaliation for going to the police. Chrissie Bixler, one of the plaintiffs, alleges that she was chased in her car in October 2017 by two people who were filming her. Shortly after, her dog died inexplicably. A necropsy revealed that the dog suffered “traumatic injuries to her trachea and esophagus.”
She also says that she has been harassed online, and that Scientology agents encouraged people to post fake Craigslist ads in her name soliciting anal sex. She alleges that she has been stalked, run off the road, and targeted for credit card fraud. She installed a home security system, which she alleges was repeatedly hacked and disabled. Bixler’s husband is also a plaintiff in the suit.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department continue to investigate the assault allegations against Masterson.