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Conan O’Brien to Danny Masterson in ’04, after rape claim was settled: ‘I’ve heard about you’

Oh my, what a gem one of our tipsters dug up for us today. It’s video from a December 2004 appearance by Danny Masterson, who was then playing “Hyde” on That ’70s Show, on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show, and they got into some randy talk.

O’Brien had asked Danny about the fact that he had no accent despite growing up on Long Island. Danny explained that after living for 10 years in Los Angeles, his accent was restricted to a few words. To illustrate it, he said that fellow actor (and fellow Scientologist) Bodhi Elfman made fun of Danny by quoting him saying, “Hi, my name is Danny Masterson, would you like to touch my balls” — with a Long Island take on the last word.

O’Brien laughs and asks why Masterson would be asking that question anyway, and Danny matter-of-factly explains that “Ya got ’em,” and “everybody should grab ’em.”

O’Brien chuckles and then says, conspiratorially, “I’ve heard about you. And you’ll be caught, soon.”


“Yes I will,” Masterson replies, and it’s all a funny joke.

But it’s interesting to note that this exchange took place just a few months after Masterson, the Church of Scientology, and Masterson’s attorney pressured the woman we’re calling “Victim B” to sign a non-disclosure agreement, promising never to speak publicly about her allegations that Masterson had raped her in April 2003. In June 2004, she defied the church and reported her allegations to the LAPD, but then the church overwhelmed the police department with affidavits from Scientologists claiming that Victim B was lying. The LAPD then dropped the case, and the church and Danny’s attorney pressured the woman to sign the agreement, for which she was paid in the low six figures.

A few months after that, Masterson made this appearance on Conan’s show.

Today, Victim B is one of four women who have come forward and are cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in an investigation of allegations that Masterson violently raped them. (Three of the women were also Scientologists at the time of the alleged attacks.)

In that light, this exchange maybe isn’t so funny-ha-ha.


Here’s the full segment of Masterson’s appearance on the show…



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