One of the four women who has accused prominent Scientologist Danny Masterson of sexual assault confronted a Netflix executive over the weekend to ask why the streaming service has not taken any action against the star of its original series The Ranch, who is accused of raping four women in the early 2000s.
The Huffington Post reports that a woman identified as Victim B, a former Scientologist who has accused Masterson of drugging and raping her while they were in a relationship, approached Andy Yeatman, Netflix’s director of global kids content, at a soccer game in Los Angeles this weekend.
The woman’s husband is reportedly the coach of the team that Yeatman’s daughter was playing against, and he alerted her that Yeatman was a Netflix executive.
Victim B told the Huffington Post that she approached Yeatman and asked if he worked for Netflix. When he said yes, she reportedly asked him why Netflix has not taken any action against Masterson although they swiftly fired Kevin Spacey from the Netflix original series House of Cards after he was accused of sexual assault.
To her astonishment, Yeatmen replied that “we don’t believe them,” referencing the four woman who have filed police reports against Masterson, who is currently under investigation.
The woman then told Yeatman that she was among the women the executive accused of lying.
“I’m one of them,” Victim B reportedly said before becoming emotional and telling Yeatman, “I hope no one ever says that to your daughter.”
After Yeatmen then claimed to have no influence on any action taken against Masterson, the woman reportedly insisted that Masterson’s alleged victims are telling the truth.
“Netflix is going to regret this, this is a mistake, they’re going to see,” the woman said.
To that, she claims Yeatmen said, “we’ll see.”
Netflix confirmed in a statement to the Huffington Post that Yeatman did in fact tell the woman that the company didn’t believe Masterson’s accusers, characterizing his comments as “careless and uninformed.”
But a spokesperson for the company denied that Yeatman said, “we’ll see.” The company also pointed out that Yeatman did not realize that he was speaking to an accuser, but the report does not clarify why this assumption is relevant.
Below is Netflix’s statement to the Huffington Post:
“While he was coaching a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman ― a Netflix kids’ programming executive ― was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson. Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
Part 4 of the The Ranch is scheduled to premiere on December 15.
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