Lady who alleges she was raped by Danny Masterson offers shifting testimony over 4 days

Actor Danny Masterson appears during his arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Actor Danny Masterson seems throughout his September 2020 arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court docket. (Lucy Nicholson/Pool Picture)

A girl who calls herself an actor Danny Masterson in 2003 raped her whereas threatening her with a gun spent 4 days telling her story final week in graphic and emotional testimony.

Identified solely as Jen B., she was the primary to testify for 3 ladies who accuse Masterson of rape. On the stand, she recounted, at instances in tears, how a pleasant “brother-sister” relationship darkened after the ‘That ’70s Present’ actor assaulted her as she handed out.

She informed jurors she feared the Church of Scientology and was pressured by her officers to not go to regulation enforcement along with her rape allegations in opposition to Masterson, a high-profile member of the church.

Jen B., a former Scientologist, met Masterson within the late Nineteen Nineties when the 2 ran round in related church circles and socialized. Masterson’s private assistant, Brie Shaffer, was Jen B.’s pal on the time.

One night time in September 2002, Jen B. was supposed to fulfill Shaffer and Masterson, however Shaffer canceled on the final minute. Jen B. joined Masterson and others on the Fortunate Bar in Hollywood, the place the actor supplied her a vodka and grapefruit drink, based on her testimony.

Jen B. had deliberate to sleep over at Masterson’s, and the 2 left the bar round 2 a.m., she testified. She mentioned she had solely had a couple of drinks however was drunk and dizzy after they arrived at Masterson’s Hollywood Hills house.

Regardless of her confused protests, she testified, Masterson started kissing her after which had intercourse along with her. She mentioned she stopped the encounter when Masterson tried to penetrate her anally.

“I screamed ‘no’ out loud,” she mentioned. “I curled up and… awakened the following morning.”

Regardless of her adverse view of the night time, she did not contemplate it rape on the time, she mentioned. Masterson shouldn’t be billed for the 2002 encounter.

Jen B. informed pals what occurred and was known as by Scientology officers to debate the incident, she testified.

Many pals had written complaints to the church, generally known as “acquaintance reviews,” in opposition to Jen B. The church, by its “ethics officer,” forwarded her weeks coaching, known as “dealing with”, in response to the incident.

“You’ll be able to by no means be a sufferer [in Scientology]”, she mentioned. “Nothing ever occurs to you that you simply did not trigger… It doesn’t matter what state you might be in, irrespective of how horrible, you might be accountable.”

Testimony of Jen B. concerning Scientology revival of the debate between the prosecution and the defense on the extent to which the controversial faith can be introduced up through the trial.

“I perceive that these witnesses’ lives might have been fully flooded with Scientology,” Decide Charlaine Olmedo mentioned, scolding prosecutor Reinhold Mueller throughout a break in Jen B’s testimony. “This trial shouldn’t be going to be flooded of Scientology.”

For months after the 2002 incident, Jen B. didn’t converse with Masterson, and her relationship with Shaffer was on the rocks.

In April 2003, nonetheless, she returned to Masterson’s house, the place he was internet hosting a celebration. He supplied her a purple drink, she testified.

Lower than an hour later, Masterson walked over and informed her she was going to the recent tub, Jen B. informed the courtroom. Though she mentioned she did not wish to are available, Masterson did not settle for the refusal and threw her in, she mentioned. As soon as within the water, she started to really feel sick.

“I had by no means been so nauseous in my life,” she mentioned. “I heard [Masterson’s] voice saying, ‘I’ll take him to vomit, stick my fingers down his throat. She must vomit. “

He took her to his rest room and made her vomit and take a bathe, Jen B. testified. After the bathe, Masterson moved Jen B. to the mattress, the place she handed out, a- she mentioned.

“Once I first awakened on this mattress, he was on high of me and his penis was inside me,” she testified.

She tried to seize Masterson’s face or hair to cease him, however he pulled his hand away and continued, she testified.

“I grabbed the pillow behind my neck…shoved it into his face proper there. He was so shut…He pushed it again more durable, fully, with all his weight on me,” he mentioned. she acknowledged. “Guffy, choking. Could not breathe…I do not bear in mind him saying something…I blacked out.”

When she got here to, he was nonetheless penetrating her, Jen B. testified.

“I grabbed his throat… Oh, my God. So scary,” she mentioned, crying. “[He] I pulled my hand again and pulled it again, held it, grabbed the opposite hand, held it collectively. And simply his face – I’ve by no means seen him appear like that.”

When Jen B. regained consciousness that night time, she heard a knock on Masterson’s door, she testified. The actor pulled a gun from a drawer, she mentioned.

“He shot [the gun] of the bedside desk space. He pulled it up and held it in his hand,” she mentioned. “He informed me to close up.”

Then Jen B. fainted once more.

Jen B. reported the rape to the Los Angeles Police Division in 2004, regardless of her considerations in regards to the response of Church of Scientology officers. She had requested authorities for permission to report the rape to the police, however the church’s “worldwide justice chief” refused.

Olmedo allowed Jen B. to clarify how her adherence to Scientology doctrines brought on her to delay reporting the rape.

“I used to be a Scientologist, and Mr. Masterson is a Scientologist, and you may’t report one other good Scientologist to the authorities,” she testified.

She mentioned she feared she can be excommunicated if she reported Masterson to the police.

“My life can be over. My dad and mom ought to disconnect from me… They need to select [Scientology] or me…I did not know they’d select me over that,” she mentioned.

No prices had been filed in opposition to Masterson on the time. Jen B. finally settled with him for $400,000 and signed a nondisclosure settlement in regards to the incident.

Masterson’s lawyer, Philip Cohen, advised that Jen B.’s story had modified over time.

“[Jen B.] will now inform us the intercourse of 2002, which she informed the LAPD in 2004 was consensual, she’s going to now let you know it was not,” Cohen mentioned. He mentioned Jen B. didn’t point out the gun to the LAPD in 2004, based on the police report.

Jen B. insisted she informed the LAPD in regards to the gun in 2004.

She admitted to forgetting some particulars of the night time after almost 20 years. In cross-examination, she admitted that she had forgotten that Masterson had woken her the morning after the alleged rape; she had beforehand thought he was gone. However she insisted on remembering an important information.

“I forgot he woke me up…It has been virtually 20 years, I am actually attempting,” she informed Cohen.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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