In November, after Netflix suspended House of Cards star Kevin Spacey following sexual assault allegations, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, one of the women who accused Masterson of rape, blasted Netflix for its continued relationship with Masterson.
Masterson co-starred on "The Ranch", about a dysfunctional family on a ranch in Colorado, with his longtime friend and former "That '70s Show" co-star Aston Kuthcer. Masterson denies the allegations and says the encounters were consensual. "Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit". "[Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him", Netflix said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Part four of "The Ranch" is set to premiere on Netflix as scheduled December 15, with additional episodes slated to premiere some time in 2018. But even though the investigation was ongoing, Netflix hadn't made any announcements about Masterson leaving as part of the cast on The Ranch " s until now. One woman filed a police report in 2004 saying Masterson raped her when she was unconscious. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused'. The Church of Scientology reportedly tried to cover up the allegations against Masterson. The allegations against Louis C.K. led to Netflix dropping its second multi-million stand up special from the comedian. No!" she said. "I'm going to be an unbelievable woman who will NOT shut my mouth when I find out my rapist raped countless other women.
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In response, Masterson released a statement via his attorney to The Huffington Post.
'Her claims coming after nearly 16 years were surprising and shocking to say the least, ' said Jenni Weinman at the time.
The Los Angeles Police Department has been investigating rape allegations against Masterson since January, and news of the probe went public in March. The "That 70's Show" actor is a lifelong member of the church.