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* Trigger Warning * This story discusses sexual assault and harassment.
'That 70s Show' actor Danny Masterson has been charged for sexually assaulting three women in the early 2000s.
He allegedly raped these women in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.
Two other women accused Masterson of sexual assault but their cases were dropped due to "lack of evidence," and the other due to statute of limitations for the alleged crime."
The 44 year old was arrested on Wednesday but soon after was released on a $3.3 million bail.
Police have been investigating Danny Masterson since 2017 have his sexual assault allegations became public.
At the time he was starring in the sitcom 'The Ranch' with his fellow 'That 70s Show' co-star Ashton Kutcher.
His career wasn't affected by the allegations until the Harvey Weinstein allegations came out later that year.
With many celebrities being #cancelled for sexual assault and/or harassment 'The Ranch' decided to write off Masterson's character in the show.
Two years later Masterson was sued by several of his victims for stalking them and harassing them.
The women also sued the Church of Scientology and the cult's leader David Miscavige for harassment.
Masterson is a member of Scientology and according to the women the organisation threatened them to stay silent and stop the accusations against Masterson.
According to the lawsuit court documents, "When those women came forward to report Masterson’s crimes, the defendants conspired to and systematically stalked, harassed, invaded their and their family’s privacy, and intentionally caused them emotional distress and silence and intimidate them."
Masterson called the lawsuit "ridiculous" and a Scientology representative said the lawsuit was "baseless."
He recently described the lawsuit as a "shameful money grab" by a group of his ex-girlfriends.
Masterson denies stalking and harassing the women and still denies sexually assaulting them.
If convicted of rape, Masterson could face up to 45 years in prison.
He is expected to appear in court in September.