A statement by the LAPD released late last night confirms that Danny Masterson, who played Hyde on That '70s Show, is being investigated for sexually assaulting three women in the '00s.
The statement came on foot of a report by Scientology investigative reporter Tony Ortega, who alleged that the three women were members of the Church of Scientology. In a statement released to media by Masterson's PR reps, they claim that one of the alleged victims only made her allegations after she was in contact with Leah Remini, the actress herself a former member of the Church of Scientology.
Masterson's statement goes on, explaining that the "alleged incident occurred in the middle of their six-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend. Significantly, during their long relationship she made numerous inconsistent claims that she was previously raped by at least three other famous actors and musicians."
The statement was issued to the press by Masterson's publicist, Jenni Weinman, who is listed as a witness to one of the assaults according to a photocopied LAPD report seen by Ortega.
"When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him. In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand (the alleged victim) made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent."
"We are aware also that approximately 14 years ago a woman referred to in the blog made allegations of sexual assault and that the LADP interviewed numerous witnesses and determined the claim had no merit. Based on reading the anti-Scientology blog that posted this story, these false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series since (the alleged victim) only came forward after connecting with Leah Remini."
No charges have been filed against Masterson as of writing, but LAPD has confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.