Prosecutors are set to start presenting evidence to a judge as they try to reveal"That'70s Show" actor Danny Masterson ought to stand trial in the rapes of 3 women.
Masterson, 45, who's pleaded not guilty and has been free on bond since his June arrest, is billed in a Los Angeles County courtroom with three counts of rape by force or fear.
At his preliminary hearing scheduled to start Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors say they will present evidence he raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003. Prosecutors have said every one the strikes happened in his property.
He could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Such hearings generally provide a limited glimpse at the broader evidence that would be introduced if the case be arranged to trial.
In a hearing , the celebrity's lawyer Thomas Mesereau, who also represented Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson in their sensual misconduct cases, stated Masterson"isn't guilty and we're going to prove it"
He predicted the case politicized, the fees that the result of unfair hatred from media outlets and pressure to prosecute his client as Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey confronted an election, which she would later shed.
Masterson is accused of rapes in the height of his celebrity since he starred as Steven Hyde on the outfit retro sitcom"That'70s Show" alongside Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace. The series ran on Fox TV from 1998 to 2006 and has had a long afterlife in reruns. He had been removed from the Netflix series"The Ranch" in 2017 within the allegations that could eventually lead to the charges.
Masterson's arrest last year came after a three-year investigation that caused the rare prosecution of a renowned Hollywood figure in the #MeToo era.