In the wake of his dismissal from Netflix’s The Ranch over sex assault allegations, Danny Masterson released a statement expressing dismay over the company’s decision while also maintaining his innocence.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch,” the embattled actor said via statement. “From Day 1, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”
Early Tuesday Netflix announced that “as a result of ongoing discussions” it decided to write Masterson off the show. “[Monday] was his last day,” the statement noted, “and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
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Masterson stands accused of raping four women in the early 2000s; the Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department continue to investigate the claims.