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Danny Masterson hires Michael Jackson criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau in rape probe

[Attorney Tom Mesereau]

In March, we broke the news that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating That 70’s Show actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson over the rape allegations of three different women who were all Scientologists at the time of the incidents, which occurred between 2001 and 2003.

That investigation is ongoing, but now we’ve learned just how seriously Masterson is taking it as he has hired renowned criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau to represent him.

Mesereau has already made contact with the LAPD to tell them that Masterson denies the rape allegations and that Mesereau, with the help of a private investigator named Scott Ross, has been gathering witnesses of their own to back up Masterson’s denials.

We emailed Mesereau and Ross asking them to comment about taking on Masterson’s defense, but they did not respond to us.

Mesereau is most famous for defending Michael Jackson in a 2005 child molestation trial that acquitted the singer on all 14 counts. Mesereau also represented boxer Mike Tyson in a rape investigation, and charges were dropped (Tyson had previously been convicted of rape in another case.) Other famous Mesereau clients include actor Robert Blake and music mogul Suge Knight.

The investigation of Masterson has been a complex one. One of the women — we’re calling her Victim A — discovered only last year that she wasn’t the only one who had reported to the Church of Scientology that Masterson had attacked her. Last fall Victim A reported her allegations to the LAPD for the first time. When she did so, the LAPD reactivated another case against Masterson that had been reported in 2004 by a woman we’re calling Victim B. A third woman, Victim C, then came forward and also made her allegations to the LAPD.

We previously reported that Victim A wrote a lengthy letter to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, complaining about the way the investigation was being handled and wondering if the police department was compromised by its relationship to the Church of Scientology. The church’s role, meanwhile, we detailed in a story about Victim B, who was made to go through weeks of intense interrogations at the church that cost her tens of thousands of dollars, and that asked her to look for evil acts she had committed in her past lives that might explain her victimization in her current life. Victim C, meanwhile, was backed up by a veteran actress who, only after we wrote about her account, was finally interviewed by the LAPD.

 

 
And now, our sources report, Masterson’s attorney is countering with his own investigation with the help of private investigator Scott Ross. It’s not unusual for a defense attorney to hire an investigator to gather evidence for a defense, but in December, after an episode of Leah Remini’s A&E series about Scientology, Ross publicly stated on Twitter that he would never work on behalf of the church.

We noticed that Remini responded to that tweet a few days ago, and Ross didn’t respond:

 

 
We’ll let you know if we get word from either Mesereau or Ross.

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,745 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,848 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,342 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,382 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,094 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 620 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,709 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,849 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,169 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,144 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 500 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,802 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 909 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,311 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,184 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 765 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,270 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,514 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,623 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 9, 2017 at 07:00

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