Actor Danny Masterson, known for playing Steven Hyde on That 70s Show, has been charged with three counts of rape. However, this is not the first scandal to come from FOX’s hit series.
Former That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson has been charged with three counts of rape, as per Deadline. The offences date back to 2001, mid-way through the run of FOX’s period sitcom.
Masterson played delinquent Steven Hyde for all 8 seasons, between 1998-2006. The series featured an ensemble cast which also included Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama.
In March 2017, four accusations against Masterson first came to light. As a result, he was fired from his series regular role as Rooster Bennett on Netflix’s The Ranch, which also starred Kutcher as his on-screen brother.
Masterson is the older brother to fellow actor Christopher Masterson (Francis, Malcom In The Middle). He’s also the older half-brother of Alanna (Tara, The Walking Dead) and Jordan Masterson (Ryan, Last Man Standing).
Other projects that Masterson starred in have included the lead role in Men At Work as well as guest-starring in Haven, Entourage and King of The Hill. However, this is far from the first scandal to have come from That ’70s Show.
Lisa Robin Kelly played Laurie Forman, older sister to main character Eric (Topher Grace) for the first, second, third and fifth seasons. In season six, Kelly was replaced by Christina Moore (later known for Jessie) in the role of Laurie. Meanwhile, the former star had been dealing with personal issues including alcoholism, drug addiction and suffering a miscarriage.
In 2013, Kelly sadly passed away at 43 years of age while receiving treatment at Pax Rebab House, California. Her cause of death was later confirmed as “accidental unspecified oral “multiple drug intoxication”.
Should Masterson be convicted of his charges, he stands to face up to 45 years in prison.