Danny Masterson fired from minor TV show, still no word from glacial D.A.'s office about rapes - 2017-12-05
Yashar Ali's excellent reporting at the Huffington Post bore fruit today when it emerged that Netflix will be writing actor Danny Masterson's character out of The Ranch, a comedy series he has starred in along with former That '70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher.
For several weeks, the HuffPo reporter had been putting pressure on Netflix to explain why, after firing Kevin Spacey from House of Cards so quickly after 30-year-old allegations of inappropriate behavior had surfaced, it had taken no action regarding Masterson, months after it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Masterson on allegations of violent rape by what turned out to be four different women.
The final tipping point appears to have been Yashar's revelation that over the weekend, a Netflix executive while at a youth soccer match admitted that the network just didn't believe Masterson's accusers, not realizing that he was talking to one of them, a woman we're referring to as Victim B. (The Netflix executive's wife then added to the embarrassment by writing a scathing email to Victim B's husband from her official Disney company account. Whoops.) Yashar's reporting resulted in a groundswell of support on social media, putting intense pressure on Netflix to do something.