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FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, actor Danny Masterson arrives at Youth for Human Rights International Celebrity Benefit at Beso Hollywood in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police are investigating after three women reported being sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s, but the actor denies the allegations, which he says are motivated by the producer of an anti-Scientology television series. An LAPD spokesman confirmed the investigation Friday, March 3, 2017, but declined to provide additional details. (Photo by Annie I. Bang/Invision/AP, File)

Netflix cut ties with Danny Masterson amid multiple rape accusations


Netflix on Tuesday announced that it has severed ties with Danny Masterson amid multiple rape allegations against the actor.

The streaming service noted that Masterson has been booted from its program “The Ranch” amid accusations from four women that he violently raped them in the early 2000s.

“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” a Netflix spokesman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”

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A source familiar with the programming on Tuesday told The Huffington Post that Masterson will appear in new episodes of “The Ranch” that premiere on Netflix on Dec. 15.

Masterson will also feature in some episodes of the comedy series that have already been filmed for its next season due out in 2018.

“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch,’” Masterson said in a statement provided by his attorney.

“From day one, I have denied the allegations against me,” he continued. “I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.”

“In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”

Masterson has been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for just under a year.

The actor is a longtime member of the Church of Scientology, and at least three of the women who have accused him of rape were also Scientologists.

Masterson has denied all of the rape allegations against him, and he has insisted the encounters in question were consensual.

The three Scientologist accusers reported the incidents involving Masterson to the church at the time.

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