The woman who accused “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson of raping her in April 2003 said Friday that she fears retaliation from the Church of Scientology for testifying against him.
The woman, who chose to be known as Jane Doe #1, told jurors she feared the church might follow her three children. In the year She said she filed a lawsuit against Masterson and the church in 2019 to “sue for peace.”
“It’s the only way they’re going to stand,” she said. “You must sue for peace. This is the policy.
Masterson is on trial in Los Angeles for three counts of rape between 2001 and 2003. Jane Doe #1, a Scientologist at the time of the alleged rape, said she feared she would be ostracized for reporting Masterson. For the police.
In the year She said Friday that she left out some information in her first report to police in 2004 because it implicated the church and its officials, including leader David Miscavige and Susan Watson, president of the church’s Celebrity Center International.
“I thought maybe I wouldn’t get into too much trouble by going to the police. “Maybe they’ll listen and do what’s right, and ultimately I won’t anger them and their leader. I thought I could report the crime and save my family and my life.”
Masterson’s attorney, Philip Cohen, finished his cross-examination Friday morning. In the year After the investigation was reopened in 2016, discrepancies between the original police reports and her statements to law enforcement continued.
In particular, it focused on her claim that Masterson brandished a gun during the rape, an account that was not included in the original reports. At one point, he stood her up and showed jurors how Masterson held the gun. She said Masterson pulled him out of the nightstand and laid him on top of her.
During a break in testimony, Judge Charline Olmedo criticized Cohen for the tone of his questions, calling them “incredibly condescending.”
“I’m not sure he’s the person you want to put on this jury,” Olmedo said.
Cohen tried to limit mention of Scientology and did not ask any questions about it during two days of cross-examination. When Attorney General Reinholt Mueller asked Jane Donne #1 whether her decision to leave the church caused her to change her views on her first sexual encounter with Masterson in September 2002, Cohen demurred.
Jane Doe #1 testified at a preliminary hearing last year, “The Church of Scientology no longer told me how to look at things.
During the recess, Olmedo raised Cohen’s objection and reiterated her ruling, allowing discussion of Scientology for specific purposes.
“I’m not going to take Scientology out of it,” she said, comparing Cohen to the “vexatious litigation” involved.
Olmedo also blasted Cohen, citing Jane Doe #1’s conversation with her therapist, saying she waived doctor-patient confidentiality.
Olmedo drew the ire of both parties when she tried to enforce her ruling on the admissibility of scientific evidence. On Tuesday, she accused Mueller of “flooding” the case with irrelevant testimony related to church beliefs and practices.
On Friday afternoon, Jane Doe #1 questioned Mueller about the three-page “knowledge report” she submitted to the church about her alleged rape. The report does not include anything about guns. Scientology’s ethics officer, Julian Swartz, told her to drop that detail and also to not use the “R-word” — meaning rape.
She said there are strict rules about what you can include.
“There is no human emotion or reaction,” she said. “No speculation, no sentiment or opinion, nothing can be interpreted as emotional or inflammatory … If I can’t prove it, I may take disciplinary action.”
Cohen later asked about details from the report that were not in police interviews or her testimony. According to the report, when Masterson woke up the next afternoon, she was next to Jane Doe #1 and they talked. Jane Doe No. 1 testified that she did not recall the details until she read the report on the witness stand.
“It’s hard to remember what happened in that room, right?” Cohen said.
“No,” she replied.
Prosecutors are expected to call attorney Marty Singer to the stand on Monday. Singer represented Masterson in a 2004 civil settlement, under which Jane Doe #1 was paid $400,000 and agreed to a nondisclosure agreement.