LOS ANGELES — The jury weighing the rape fees in opposition to “That ‘70s Present” star Danny Masterson introduced Wednesday it was hopelessly deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.
Masterson, 46, was charged with raping three ladies at his Hollywood Hills dwelling from 2001 to 2003 and faces as much as 45 years in jail if convicted on all three counts.
The actor has denied all of the allegations leveled in opposition to him by the three ladies, who’re all former members of the Church of Scientology, to which the actor nonetheless belongs.
Masterson has additionally denied assaulting a fourth girl, recognized as Jane Doe #4, who advised the court docket she too had been raped by him. Whereas the choose allowed testimony by Jane Doe #4, Masterson was not criminally charged with raping her.
The announcement got here on the sixth day of deliberations and after Los Angeles County Superior Court docket Charlaine F. Olmedo had given the panel Thanksgiving week off.
The panel, on Nov. 18, despatched Olmedo a be aware saying that they had been “unable to succeed in a unanimous resolution” on any of the three forcible rape counts in opposition to Masterson.
“You have got been deliberating for an inadequate period of time,” Olmedo mentioned earlier than excusing them for the vacation break.
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