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U.S. actor lands in court for allegedly raping 3 women

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That 70s Show” actor Danny Masterson has been charged with raping three women in separate incidents in 2001 and 2003, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said on Wednesday night.

The District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that it had declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases because of insufficient evidence and because of the statute of limitations.

Masterson, 44, got his break-out role in the 1998-2006 television comedy series “That 70s Show,” in which he played a rebel adolescent.

He could not immediately be reached for comment on the charges.

In a statement issued to Variety, Tom Mesereau, Masterson’s attorney, vowed to fight the charges.

“Mr Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify,” Mesereau said in the statement.

“The people who know Mr Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”

The three rape charges together carry a maximum prison sentence of 45 years to life in prison if Masterson is convicted, the District Attorney’s office said.

All of the alleged rapes took place at Masterson’s Hollywood Hills home, the statement said.

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