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Danny Masterson, the actor who played "Hyde" on That 70's Show, has been on trial for raping 3 women. The case has an extra layer because Masterson is a Scientologist, and the victims were all Scientologists. All three women have since left the church.

A little background- the Church of Scientology is mostly made up of families. Leaving the church gets you the label of "Suppressive Person." The consequence is "disconnection," which means your entire family shuns you. Having been raised in Scientology, these women were trapped. Further, a Scientologist is not allowed to go to the police or press charges against another Scientologist. Nonetheless, at least one went to the police anyway. The LAPD wouldn't cooperate. (The CoS "donates" sums of money to them).

While Danny Masterson grew up in a Scientology family, (his mother is OT8) he himself is a terrible Scientologist. Apparently he hasn't even made OT, and only ever got to Grade 3. So, about three levels away from "Clear." In Scientology, you have to pass Clear to even start OT1. The church allowed this dilletante to continue flaking along, because he was a beloved celebrity. The church was desperate, too. Danny was the last generation of young celebrities to make Scientology look cool. (Lauren Pepron converted to please Danny's brother Christopher, whom she was dating). Juliette Lewis, Beck, the Mastersons, Bijou Phillips, Jason Lee, the Ribisi siblings, lots of the cool kids of the late 90's and early 2000's were Scientologists. But they were mostly second generation, and much more subdued about Scientology than their parents were. This was frustrating, but better than nothing. While most of these cool kids didn't brag about Scientology, they didn't disavow it, either. And would defend it if pressed. Danny was a big star. His character stole the show. He was really important for Scientology's PR, and in a way, his cool quietness was a good thing. "See? We're totally normal."

Danny Masterson was shielded from justice early on. The CoS gives Sea Org members to celebrities to work for free. Tom Cruise has never paid one red cent to any of his drivers, maids, assistants, anyone. In return, the church expects their celebrities to make Scientology look cool. The free workers are really there to report back everything they see to David Miscavige or whatever overseer he sent out. (David Miscavige is the current leader of the CoS). They do, however, protect celebrities when need be. They knew the ins and outs of Danny and the victims, and knew what buttons to press. They had access to the victims' families. Scientologists go by a person's importance in terms of who is right or wrong.

As I said, the victims were Danny's fellow Scientologists. The Sea Org came crashing down on them, with Sea Org members writing affidavits that their stories were false. They punished the victims, hauling them in for "sec checks" (interrogations) and pressuring them to forgive Danny Masterson. David Miscavige had the power to declare them, or disrupt their parents' "case." (The Scientologist's journey through the courses). If that doesn't work, the church is infamous for destroying people's lives through "fair game." They stalk, harass, file frivolous lawsuits, slander people, even poison pet dogs. Some of these stories are horrific, such as that of Paulette Cooper.

Masterson may have been a resentful Scientologist. He grew up in a hotel room because his mother was in the Sea Org, and even when she "routed out" she devoted every penny to courses. His career and newfound wealth depended on not pissing Scientologists off. Maybe he wanted to take it out on Scientologist women.

Here's a case of an ex-Mennonite murdering a random Mennonite woman he didn't even know, just because he hated his former church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ3F3GQLoho

Men have a way of standing up for themselves not by going after the party actually harming them, but the nearest woman.

Anyway, it's just a theory. And the thrill of rape definitely was the objective, since he is only suspected of one attack against a non-Scientologist. Meaning he planned this shit out. He knew who could go to the police and who couldn't, and attacked accordingly. One of his victims was a convert- his former girlfriend. She was a teenage model when he started dating her. He insisted that she convert to Scientology. Which is interesting, considering he himself was a shitty Scientologist. He also told her that in his religion "the woman's role should be at home." In fairness to Scientology, that is not true. At 18, she agreed, started courses and became immersed in Scientology, surrounding herself with only Scientologists, and disconnecting from her family. When you join Scientology, you also sign all sorts of NDAs and promises not to sue. (They're not enforceable, but most people don't know that).

Leah Remini has reported that while she wouldn't have had the opportunity to witness rape, she did notice that he was a "huge asshole" to his staff. Even compared to other celebrities he was a dick. He sometimes let his mask slip- he once sexually harassed co-star (in the movie Dracula)Jennifer Esposito right in public. Her then boyfriend allegedly beat him up right then and there. One victim, who has not pressed charges but agreed to testify, was not a Scientologist. Nonetheless, he preferred victims in the church.

Masterson is accused of raping these three women in the early 2000's at the height of his fame. He's actually suspected of about 8 rapes, but prosecutors felt only 3 stood a chance for conviction.

The evidence presented at trial was overwhelming. Masterson moonlights as "DJ Donkey Punch." Don't google that. He clearly is interested in violent sexual acts. These were all very brutal rapes, incredibly violent. While any physical evidence is long gone, there is documented church evidence, photos of bruises, early police reports, and their stories dovetail. A lot of justice experts felt Masterson was going down. If convicted, he'd go away for 45 years. At the age of 46, that would pretty much be for the rest of his life.

So what happened?

The jury is deadlocked.

Plenty of experts were surprised but I'm not. I'm not going by the skill of the lawyers, here. I'm not curious why the jury is deadlocked, because I'm pretty fucking sure I already know.

They don't want to convict Hyde. If anybody on that jury is in their 30's or 40's, they just plain old don't want to send Hyde to jail. Masterson looks the same as he did in the early 2000's. Just like his character, too. He's part of their youth, and they grew up watching him.

"Hyde was my favorite character. I was just like him!"

"I had a huge crush on Hyde!"

"That 70's Show got me through hard times in my late teens!"

They feel like they know Danny Masterson personally. They don't know these three victims, and would rather believe they are all scammers. Because Hyde would never! Women, however, are evil. Maybe they're all mad that Masterson married Bijou Phillips instead of them. Maybe they're just bitter about their church and want to attack a Scientologist. And even if he did do it, it was 20 years ago. He has a baby with Bijou. They can't send Hyde to prison!

At the beginning of the trial, Danny Masterson would look at the jury and say "Good morning" to them every day. The judge eventually stopped that, but it sent the message: "It's me, your pal Hyde." People on the jury? "Omg Hyde just spoke to me!"

Johnny Depp won his case because he was a big part of the jury's childhood. Captain Jack Sparrow would never! Edward Scissorhands would never! Women are sinister. Liars. Manipulative. Spiteful. Sneaky. They use rape and violence as a weapon. Men are the real victims here.

If they do believe a famous, beloved man is guilty, they often just plain old don't care. "We were ALL wild and crazy when we were 20!"

So I'm not surprised the Masterson jury is deadlocked. I'm mildly surprised they didn't acquit.

If the jury remains deadlocked, the judge will have to declare a mistrial. The prosecutor will have to decide whether or not to try the case again. Danny Masterson has a top "The Guy" lawyer who specializes in defending celebrities accused of rape. Even if he runs out of money, his wife comes from the Phillips family, of The Mamas and The Papas. His brother-in-law is Billy Baldwin. (Who has been attending the trial to support Danny). He also has his wealthy siblings, and owns quite a lot of property he could sell. The second trial would be even harder than the first because now the defense knows exactly what the weak spots of the prosecution are. It may be too much stress for the victims to have to testify all over again. They waited 20 years for justice, but may just suffer humiliation instead. The prosecutor was a rock star for even taking the case, considering what the CoS does to protect itself and its members. He didn't deliberately bomb it- by most accounts he did a really good job. But he might decide it's too hard to re-try Masterson.

And if my theory is right, it wouldn't matter how good of a job the prosecutor does. People love Danny. They love Hyde. They're not going to convict him, especially if the sentence will be 45 years. Not for a few measly nobody women.

If the prosecutor couldn't win with what he had, he can't win.

Beloved male celebrity > women.

Men are more believable than women in our society. Even if women are believed, men are considered more valuable. More important. More worthy. They deserve mercy more than women deserve justice.

So my bleak prediction for the final outcome: I think Danny is going to walk. The jurors will feel proud that they saved Hyde. He'll settle any civil lawsuits, and that will be the end of it. He might even rebuild his career.

It wasn't Scientologists that saved Masterson. It wasn't even his talented lawyer. It was the jury's sheer sentimentality, and ingrained sympathy for men.

Danny Masterson, the actor who played "Hyde" on *That 70's Show,* has been on trial for raping 3 women. The case has an extra layer because Masterson is a Scientologist, and the victims were all Scientologists. All three women have since left the church. A little background- the Church of Scientology is mostly made up of families. Leaving the church gets you the label of "Suppressive Person." The consequence is "disconnection," which means your entire family shuns you. Having been raised in Scientology, these women were trapped. Further, a Scientologist is not allowed to go to the police or press charges against another Scientologist. Nonetheless, at least one went to the police anyway. The LAPD wouldn't cooperate. (The CoS "donates" sums of money to them). While Danny Masterson grew up in a Scientology family, (his mother is OT8) he himself is a terrible Scientologist. Apparently he hasn't even made OT, and only ever got to Grade 3. So, about three levels away from "Clear." In Scientology, you have to pass Clear to even start OT1. The church allowed this dilletante to continue flaking along, because he was a beloved celebrity. The church was desperate, too. Danny was the last generation of young celebrities to make Scientology look cool. (Lauren Pepron converted to please Danny's brother Christopher, whom she was dating). Juliette Lewis, Beck, the Mastersons, Bijou Phillips, Jason Lee, the Ribisi siblings, lots of the cool kids of the late 90's and early 2000's were Scientologists. But they were mostly second generation, and much more subdued about Scientology than their parents were. This was frustrating, but better than nothing. While most of these cool kids didn't brag about Scientology, they didn't disavow it, either. And would defend it if pressed. Danny was a big star. His character stole the show. He was really important for Scientology's PR, and in a way, his cool quietness was a good thing. "See? We're totally normal." Danny Masterson was shielded from justice early on. The CoS gives Sea Org members to celebrities to work for free. Tom Cruise has never paid one red cent to any of his drivers, maids, assistants, anyone. In return, the church expects their celebrities to make Scientology look cool. The free workers are really there to report back everything they see to David Miscavige or whatever overseer he sent out. (David Miscavige is the current leader of the CoS). They do, however, protect celebrities when need be. They knew the ins and outs of Danny and the victims, and knew what buttons to press. They had access to the victims' families. Scientologists go by a person's importance in terms of who is right or wrong. As I said, the victims were Danny's fellow Scientologists. The Sea Org came crashing down on them, with Sea Org members writing affidavits that their stories were false. They punished the victims, hauling them in for "sec checks" (interrogations) and pressuring them to forgive Danny Masterson. David Miscavige had the power to declare them, or disrupt their parents' "case." (The Scientologist's journey through the courses). If that doesn't work, the church is infamous for destroying people's lives through "fair game." They stalk, harass, file frivolous lawsuits, slander people, even poison pet dogs. Some of these stories are horrific, such as that of Paulette Cooper. Masterson may have been a resentful Scientologist. He grew up in a hotel room because his mother was in the Sea Org, and even when she "routed out" she devoted every penny to courses. His career and newfound wealth depended on not pissing Scientologists off. Maybe he wanted to take it out on Scientologist women. Here's a case of an ex-Mennonite murdering a random Mennonite woman he didn't even know, just because he hated his former church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ3F3GQLoho Men have a way of standing up for themselves not by going after the party actually harming them, but the nearest woman. Anyway, it's just a theory. And the thrill of rape definitely was the objective, since he is only suspected of one attack against a non-Scientologist. Meaning he planned this shit out. He knew who could go to the police and who couldn't, and attacked accordingly. One of his victims was a convert- his former girlfriend. She was a teenage model when he started dating her. He insisted that she convert to Scientology. Which is interesting, considering he himself was a shitty Scientologist. He also told her that in his religion "the woman's role should be at home." In fairness to Scientology, that is not true. At 18, she agreed, started courses and became immersed in Scientology, surrounding herself with only Scientologists, and disconnecting from her family. When you join Scientology, you also sign all sorts of NDAs and promises not to sue. (They're not enforceable, but most people don't know that). Leah Remini has reported that while she wouldn't have had the opportunity to witness rape, she did notice that he was a "huge asshole" to his staff. Even compared to other celebrities he was a dick. He sometimes let his mask slip- he once sexually harassed co-star (in the movie *Dracula*)Jennifer Esposito right in public. Her then boyfriend allegedly beat him up right then and there. One victim, who has not pressed charges but agreed to testify, was not a Scientologist. Nonetheless, he preferred victims in the church. Masterson is accused of raping these three women in the early 2000's at the height of his fame. He's actually suspected of about 8 rapes, but prosecutors felt only 3 stood a chance for conviction. The evidence presented at trial was overwhelming. Masterson moonlights as "DJ Donkey Punch." Don't google that. He clearly is interested in violent sexual acts. These were all very brutal rapes, incredibly violent. While any physical evidence is long gone, there is documented church evidence, photos of bruises, early police reports, and their stories dovetail. A lot of justice experts felt Masterson was going down. If convicted, he'd go away for 45 years. At the age of 46, that would pretty much be for the rest of his life. So what happened? The jury is deadlocked. Plenty of experts were surprised but I'm not. I'm not going by the skill of the lawyers, here. I'm not curious why the jury is deadlocked, because I'm pretty fucking sure I already know. They don't want to convict Hyde. If anybody on that jury is in their 30's or 40's, they just plain old don't want to send Hyde to jail. Masterson looks the same as he did in the early 2000's. Just like his character, too. He's part of their youth, and they grew up watching him. "Hyde was my favorite character. I was just like him!" "I had a huge crush on Hyde!" "That 70's Show got me through hard times in my late teens!" They feel like they know Danny Masterson personally. They don't know these three victims, and would rather believe they are all scammers. Because Hyde would never! Women, however, are evil. Maybe they're all mad that Masterson married Bijou Phillips instead of them. Maybe they're just bitter about their church and want to attack a Scientologist. And even if he did do it, it was 20 years ago. He has a baby with Bijou. They can't send Hyde to prison! At the beginning of the trial, Danny Masterson would look at the jury and say "Good morning" to them every day. The judge eventually stopped that, but it sent the message: "It's me, your pal Hyde." People on the jury? "Omg Hyde just spoke to me!" Johnny Depp won his case because he was a big part of the jury's childhood. Captain Jack Sparrow would never! Edward Scissorhands would never! Women are sinister. Liars. Manipulative. Spiteful. Sneaky. They use rape and violence as a weapon. Men are the real victims here. If they do believe a famous, beloved man is guilty, they often just plain old don't care. "We were ALL wild and crazy when we were 20!" So I'm not surprised the Masterson jury is deadlocked. I'm mildly surprised they didn't acquit. If the jury remains deadlocked, the judge will have to declare a mistrial. The prosecutor will have to decide whether or not to try the case again. Danny Masterson has a top "The Guy" lawyer who specializes in defending celebrities accused of rape. Even if he runs out of money, his wife comes from the Phillips family, of The Mamas and The Papas. His brother-in-law is Billy Baldwin. (Who has been attending the trial to support Danny). He also has his wealthy siblings, and owns quite a lot of property he could sell. The second trial would be even harder than the first because now the defense knows exactly what the weak spots of the prosecution are. It may be too much stress for the victims to have to testify all over again. They waited 20 years for justice, but may just suffer humiliation instead. The prosecutor was a rock star for even taking the case, considering what the CoS does to protect itself and its members. He didn't deliberately bomb it- by most accounts he did a really good job. But he might decide it's too hard to re-try Masterson. And if my theory is right, it wouldn't matter how good of a job the prosecutor does. People love Danny. They love Hyde. They're not going to convict him, especially if the sentence will be 45 years. Not for a few measly nobody women. If the prosecutor couldn't win with what he had, he can't win. Beloved male celebrity > women. Men are more believable than women in our society. Even if women are believed, men are considered more valuable. More important. More worthy. They deserve mercy more than women deserve justice. So my bleak prediction for the final outcome: I think Danny is going to walk. The jurors will feel proud that they saved Hyde. He'll settle any civil lawsuits, and that will be the end of it. He might even rebuild his career. It wasn't Scientologists that saved Masterson. It wasn't even his talented lawyer. It was the jury's sheer sentimentality, and ingrained sympathy for men.

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[–] hmimperialtortie cats plz 4 points

Makes me very grateful I’ve never heard any of them. Only Scientologists I could name are Hubbard and Cruise.

It has been forever since I have seen it but wasn’t Hyde kind of an asshole? I can’t remember specifics but wasn’t he kind of sexist, and racist to the racially ambiguous Fez?

That he was still the favorite character speaks volumes about our society.

Yep, when I saw that the judge was giving them the week off before they make a decision, I thought- it’s over. I’d bet he walks. Getting hints of Depp-Heard vibes, though I haven’t seen personalized smear campaigns of the victims in the same way.

I do not agree. Danny will go to jail

I hope you're right. But I think that would have happened already if it was going to.

It has been declared a mistrail. And will be restarted in 60 days

10 to 2 voted to acquit on Jane Doe 1. 8 to 4 voted to acquit on Jane 2. 7 to 5 voted to acquit on Jane Doe 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO3OY360v8M

Those numbers are really grim. If they decide to retry, it won't happen til around March. Ex-Scientologist Chris Shelton believes that Americans just don't understand how coercive control works, and that was part of the failure to convict. I don't doubt that played a role, but I think a big part of it was good old fashioned misogyny.

I had a feeling. There's a chance the prosecutor may decide to drop the charges. The jurors were 5-7, so he convinced less than half. Two jurors were replaced by alternates, so it might have been worse with the original jury.

On one of the ex-Scientologist channels, a lawyer had suggestion about how Muller could do better. But I thought Muller did a good job then and there.

The jury is not deadlock because they do not believe the women's stories.

Unless you are on the jury,you dont really know what they are dead locked about