Danny Masterson’s lawyer challenges the rapist

By | October 22, 2022

Danny Masterson’s first rape accuser had a long day on the witness stand Thursday, as Masterson’s defense attorney tried to expose inconsistencies in her accounts.

The woman, who prefers to be called Jane Doe #1, told her story several times earlier in the week, alleging that Masterson assaulted her at his home in April 2003. Former ’70s Show star Masterson faces up to 45 years in prison after being convicted of three counts of forced rape.

On Thursday, defense attorney Philip Cohen testified that He asked her about differences between her initial statements to police in 2004 and the interviews she gave after the case was reopened in 2016.

Jane Doe No. 1 said she did not remember one of the interviews in 2004 and said some details in the original police report were incorrect. At one point, she began to cry while recounting a phone conversation with Masterson after the rape.

“She said we had a good time,” she said, wiping her nose with a handkerchief. Lead prosecutor Reinhold Mueller asked for a short break and left the witness stand.

Cohen claimed about $400,000 she received from Masterson in 2004. Jane Doe #1 refused to give direct answers to many questions about the matter, but eventually admitted that she had received hundreds of thousands of dollars at the very least.

“Did you spend this money fairly quickly?” Cohen asked.

Judge Charlene Olmedo sustained Mueller’s objection to the request. Cohen asked about the harassment and stalking lawsuit she and two other plaintiffs filed in 2019, asking if she was seeking money in the case.

“I didn’t say the dollar amount,” she said. “I asked for peace.”

During the break, Olmedo peppered Cohen with several questions related to alcohol consumption, saying rape plaintiffs cannot be questioned about their drinking habits.

“Why in the world do you ask if she’s hiding on the street?” Olmedo said, referring to a question she did not allow the witness to answer.

Cohen did not ask a single question about the Church of Scientology, which he dominated for most of the first two days of the trial. Nor did he ask why Jane Doe #1 delayed going to the police for over a year.

She said she feared that doing so would lead to her being labeled a “repressive person” and ostracized from the church.

Her testimony continues Friday.

— Mane Khachaturian contributed to this report.

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