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LOS ANGELES – American Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his role as Steven Hyde on retro sitcom, That '70s Show (1998 – 2006), has been charged with three counts of rape on Wednesday (June 17), according to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

According to jail records, Masterson was arrested at 11.30 am on Wednesday and released shortly before 3pm on a US$3.3 million bail (S$ 4.5 million). His arraignment is to be held on Sept 18.

The rapes allegedly took place in three separate incidents between 2001 and 2003, says a press release from the District Attorney's Office.

Between January and December 2001, Masterson allegedly raped a 23-year-old woman. He is accused of raping a 28-year-old woman in April 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December that same year, CNN reported. The identities of the women have not been made public, USA Today reported.

All of the alleged crimes took place at Masterson's Hollywood Hills home, according to the authorities, and took place at the height of his fame due to his appearance on That '70s Show.

The office declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, the first, for "insufficient evidence", and the second, based on the "statute of limitations for the crime alleged".

In a statement to CNN, Masterson's attorney, Mr Tom Mesereau, maintained the 44-year-old actor's innocence: "Mr Masterson is innocent, and we're confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify."

The statement continued: "Obviously, Mr Masterson and his wife are iRead More – Source

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