Netflix fires Danny Masterson amid rape allegations

In this March 24, 2014 file photo, actor Danny Masterson arrives at Youth for Human Rights International Celebrity Benefit at Beso Hollywood in Los Angeles. (Photo by Annie I. Bang/Invision/AP, File)

(CBS) — Netflix has fired “The Ranch” star Danny Masterson as multiple rape allegations mount against the actor.

A Netflix spokesperson told CBS News in a statement, “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch.’ Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”

Masterson will still appear in the second half of season 2, which hits the streaming service on Dec. 15. Masterson co-stars as Ashton Kutcher’s brother on the multi-camera comedy.

In March, Los Angeles Police confirmed that three women accused the former “That ’70s Show” actor of sexually assaulting them in the early 2000s. At the time, Masterson, who is a Scientologist, hit back and called the allegations “false.” He said the accusations seemed seem to be a scheme to boost the ratings of Leah Remini’s A&E TV show, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.” LAPD has been investigating the allegations.

On Monday, Netflix came under fire when it confirmed to the Huffington Post that Andy Yeatman, its director of global kids content, made “careless” and “uninformed” comments saying he did not believe the women who were accusing Masterson of rape. An accuser told the Huffington Post that she confronted Yeatman at a youth soccer game and asked him why Netflix was not taking action against Masterson and he said, “We don’t believe them,” referring to the accusers. The woman said she then told Yeatman that she was one of them and began to cry, saying, “I hope no one ever says that to your daughter.”

In November, Netflix severed ties with Kevin Spacey after multiple accusers alleged that he sexually assaulted them. On Monday, Netflix announced that “House of Cards” with continue without Spacey.

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