Netflix has fired Danny Masterson from comedy series “The Ranch” amid multiple allegations of rape against the actor, the streaming service announced Tuesday.
Masterson, who is best known for starring in the long-running sitcom “That ’70s Show” alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, has been accused of raping four women in the early 2000s and is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
His firing comes after a HuffPost report on Monday that Netflix’s Director of Global Kids Content Andy Yeatman stated the higher-ups at the company do not believe Masterson’s accusers.
The actor denies the allegations.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” he said in a statement to Variety. “Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.”