Netflix has finally responded to calls to action and fired Scientologist and alleged serial rapist Danny Masterson from it original series The Ranch.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Masterson is under active investigation in Los Angeles amid claims that he drugged and raped four women in the early 2000s. But despite the national media attention surrounding the allegations, Netflix has been dragging its feet on taking action until this week.
The Huffington Post reports that Netflix has fired Masterson from The Ranch, less than two weeks before the new season is set to premiere on the streaming platform.
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,” a Netflix spokesman told the news outlet.
On Monday, the Huffington Post reported a damaging story that appears to have prompted Netflix’s decision to fire the actor, who rose to stardom on That 70’s Show.
One of Masterson’s accusers, known only as Victim B, reportedly confronted a Netflix executive at a children’s soccer game this weekend. She told the Huffington Post that she approached Andy Yeatman, Netflix’s director of global kids content, and asked him why Netflix had not taken action.
Yeatman, not realizing that she was one of the accusers, reportedly said, “We don’t believe them.”
Victim B then told Yeatman that she was one of Masterson’s alleged victims.
Netflix responded to the report with a 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.”
It is unclear what developments, outside of the renewed public pressure to hold Masterson accountable, prompted Netflix’s decision to fire him.
The streaming service had previously fired Kevin Spacey from its original series House of Cards after he was accused of sexual assault. That Netflix original series will film its final season without Spacey’s lead character.
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