danny masterson of that 70s show found guilty rape

Danny Masterson, known for his role in That '70s Show, has been found guilty of two counts of rape in a Los Angeles retrial.

The Church of Scientology played a central role in the trial, where Masterson was accused of forcibly raping three women.

The jury deliberated for seven days before reaching a verdict, voting 8-4 in favor of conviction on the third count.

Masterson, aged 47, could face up to 30 years in prison and was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Masterson's wife, Bijou Phillips, wept as he was taken away, while other family and friends remained stone-faced.

Prosecutors alleged that Masterson drugged the women's drinks in order to rape them and used his church prominence to avoid consequences.

The defense argued that the acts were consensual and attempted to discredit the women's stories through highlighting changes and inconsistencies.

The Church of Scientology had a significant presence during the trial, with tensions running high between current and former members.

Leah Remini, a former Scientologist and prominent critic of the church, attended the trial to support the accusers.

The Church of Scientology faced accusations of discouraging members from reporting crimes to authorities, leading to retaliation against the accusers.