Danny Masterson asks to halt civil lawsuit while criminal case is ongoing, as expected - 2020-10-11
On Thursday Danny Masterson filed a motion to stay a civil lawsuit brought against him in 2019 by Chrissie Carnell Bixler, her husband, and three other women. They're suing Masterson, the Church of Scientology, and its leader David Miscavige for what they allege is a campaign of harassment since the women went to the LAPD with allegations that they had been raped by the That '70s Show actor in incidents between 2001 and 2004.
It had been expected that Masterson would ask for the halt to the civil lawsuit because he's facing a far more serious situation a few blocks away in another courtroom, where he's been charged criminally with raping Carnell Bixler and two of the women who are suing him, and he's looking at 45 years to life under California's "One Strike Law."
Masterson was criminally charged on June 16 and he's scheduled to be arraigned and enter a plea on October 19 if his "demurrer" fails (and see yesterday's story for some idea of why his demurrer is likely to fail). Masterson's criminal defense attorney Tom Meserau has already told the court that Masterson will plead not guilty if the demurrer fails, and this time Masterson won't have to be in the courtroom to enter that plea.