Earlier this week, actor Danny Masterson, best known for playing Hyde in That 70’s Show, was found guilty on two counts of rape. Masterson’s first trial on the charges ended in a mistrial last October. Ahead of his retrial, Masterson added Shawn Holley, of O.J. trial fame, to his defense team. However, it was to no avail as Masterson was found guilty on two counts of rape. Furthermore, a third charge led to a deadlock among the jury. Additionally, Masterson will return to court for sentencing on August 4.
Masterson was accused of raping three women between 2001 and 2003. As one accuser, Jen B, testified, ““I couldn’t walk or stand, so he put me on the tile on the ground,” she testified. “I couldn’t open my eyelids. I felt really, really sick.” However, Masterson’s co-star Ashton Kutcher expressed his desire to see Masterson found innocent.
Masterson Housed Away From Gen Pop
Masterson was transferred to L.A. County Men’s Central Jail after being found guilty. However, due to his celebrity status and the nature of his crimes, prison officials have elected to keep Masterson away from the general population. Dubbing it an “administrative segregation”, prison officials told TMZ that is was being done for Masterson’s safety. It’s the same treatment afforded to other notable inmates of LA Central, such as Suge Knight and O.J. Simpson.
As for the amenities that will be available to Masterson prior to his sentencing, TMZ was on hand with all the details. “There’s no TV in his cell, but he’ll have books from the jail’s library, and will be allowed out of his cell for 2 hours each day, at which time he can go to the day room and have access to a phone and TV. He’ll get time for recreation 3 hours a week. He’s able to shower every other day unless he’s going to court, and then he can shower daily.”