Mistrial declared in actor Danny Masterson’s rape trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday soon after jurors explained they had been hopelessly deadlocked at the trial of “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson, who was charged with three rapes.
Los Angeles Excellent Court docket Choose Charlaine F. Olmedo had purchased the jurors to just take Thanksgiving 7 days off and hold deliberating after they advised her on Nov. 18 that they could not occur to a consensus about the rape allegations soon after a monthlong demo in which the Church of Scientology played a supporting job.
Masterson, 46, was charged with the rape of 3 ladies, like a previous girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills residence involving 2001 and 2003. He pleaded not responsible and his lawyer claimed the acts were all consensual. All three females ended up members of the church at the time, and Masterson stays a person.
“I obtain the jurors hopelessly deadlocked,” Judge Charlaine Olmedo declared soon after inquiring whether there was everything the court could do to move them nearer to achieving a unanimous selection.
Jurors mentioned they had voted 7 moments Tuesday and Wednesday devoid of remaining able to arrive at consensus on any of the 3 counts.
The jury foreman stated only two jurors voted for conviction on the very first count, four voted for conviction on the 2nd rely and five voted to convict on the third rely.
Jurors were being compelled to commence deliberations from scratch on Monday when two experienced to be dismissed mainly because they came down with COVID-19. They deliberated for two times but continue to could not get to verdicts.
The consequence was a significant setback for prosecutors, and for the a few women who mentioned they ended up searching for very long overdue justice.
The proceedings took area amid a flurry of cases on each coasts with #MeToo connotations, which includes the Los Angeles trial of Harvey Weinstein just down the corridor from Masterson’s. In New York, Kevin Spacey received a sexual misconduct perform lawsuit introduced by actor Anthony Rapp in New York, and a jury ordered director and screenwriter Paul Haggis to pay back $10 million in a civil scenario there.

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