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Danny Masterson In Custody, Bail Set At $3.3 Million for Felony Rape

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By Gary Trock

Danny Masterson has officially been taken into custody for the alleged forcible rape of three women and the actor has been given a bail amount in the millions.

According to jail records, obtained by The Blast, the former "That '70s Show" star was taken into custody shortly after noon on Wednesday before it was announced by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey the star had been charged over 3 alleged incidents that occurred back in 2001 and 2003. Masterson had long been publicly accused of rape by the women and had aggressively denied the accusations.

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According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records, Masterson was arrested by LAPD at 11:30 AM and booked at a nearby station. Although it was reported "The Ranch" star was released shortly after, officials confirm he is still in custody with a bail of $3.3 million. In comparison, R. Kelly's bail was set at $1 million when he was arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges.

Masterson's arraignment in Los Angeles has been set for September 18th. Even though there's a good chance he'll post bail, if he doesn't he could remain behind bars for at least a few months.

What Happened?

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According to the press release from the District Attorney's office, all three of the alleged crimes took place at Masterson's home in Los Angeles.

"The defendant is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001, according to the complaint," the statement reads.

It continues:

"In April 2003, Masterson allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman and sometime between October and December of that year he is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman who he had invited to his Hollywood Hills home."

The allegations were investigated by the Sex Crimes Division of the D.A.'s office. If convicted on all charges, Masterson faces more than 45 years in prison.

Claims Innocence

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Shortly after the felony charges against Masterson were announced, his defense attorney Tom Mesereau issued a statement proclaiming innocence.

"Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out,” Mesereau said in a statement to KTLA.

He added,

“The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”

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