Danny Masterson Has Been Written Out Of 'The Ranch' Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Diply 5 Dec 2017

Danny Masterson, perhaps best known for playing Hyde on That '70s Show, has been written out of Netflix's The Ranch because of ongoing sexual assault allegations against him.

Four women have accused Masterson of sexually assaulting them in the early 2000s. The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department are currently investigating these allegations, but no charges have been filed.

"As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch," said a Netflix spokesperson. 

Netflix | TV Line

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

This is a pretty big deal because accusations about Masterson have been floating around Hollywood for years, but this is the first time the actor has publicly faced consequences.

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The move comes after The Huffington Post reported that a Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, told one of Masterson's alleged victims that Netflix did not believe any of the accusers.   

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At the time, Yeatman was unaware that the woman was one of Masterson's accusers.

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The Ranch isn't the only Netflix show that has distanced itself from actors facing sexual assault allegations. 

Netflix | Den Of Geek

It was announced earlier this week that House of Cards would resume production on its sixth and final season without Kevin Spacey.

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People have taken to Twitter to praise and criticize Netflix for their decision. 

Netflix | Variety

It's great to see a streaming giant finally take a hard stance on sexual assault. It's important to believe the victims of sexual assault, and decisions like this that condemn abusers make it that much easier for victims to come forward and feel safe.

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