Top talent agency UTA has cut ties with accused rapist Danny Masterson, according to Huffington Post. Sources did not comment on the factors that led to the decision; however, the company did confirm they had parted ways with Masterson “some time back.”
The news comes one month after the 41-year-old actor was fired from Netflix’s comedy series The Ranch, as he faced ongoing sexual assault allegations from five different women. Masterson has continued to deny the claims and insists all sexual encounters were consensual.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix's decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit,” he told TMZ. “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.”
The LAPD has been investigating multiple rape allegations against Masterson for about a year. Four of the alleged victims claim the former star of That '70s Show raped them in the early 2000s. Three of the accusers, like Masterson, are members of the Church of Scientology. Former Scientologist Leah Remini has said she believes the LAPD stalled the investigations because of Masterson’s prominence within the church.
“Scientology is very slick in that it’s partnered in this Police Activities League with the Hollywood division, and every year around Christmastime Celebrity Centre International right on Franklin presents the Hollywood Police Department with a check for this Police Activities League, which gives back to children,” Remini told the Daily Beast. “What it’s done is it’s aligned itself as per its policies, because there are Scientology policies that say, ‘Safe-point yourself to the area police department because then nobody will attack your good works,’ so it’s all very pointed and calculated.”