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Danny Masterson’s ex-girlfriend claims he raped her ‘repeatedly’

Danny Masterson and Bobette Riales attend Entertainment Weekly's It List Party in New York City in 2003. Jim Spellman/WireImage for Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Former That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson has been accused by a fifth woman of sexual assault.

Bobette Riales, Masterson’s ex-girlfriend, spoke out Wednesday night about her accusations, saying she’d “stayed quiet long enough.”

Riales alleges that Masterson, a member of Scientology, raped her on multiple occasions in the early 2000s. She isn’t seeking financial compensation for the abuse she says she suffered, but only “justice and to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else.”

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Another Masterson accuser, ex-girlfriend Chrissie Bixler, praised Riales for coming forward.

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Riales, Bixler and three other women have accused Masterson, 41, of raping them. He has been under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for nearly a year. He has never been charged with any crime.

In early December, through his representative, Masterson denied all rape accusations.

“We are aware of [Bixler’s] 16-year-old allegations,” said the rep. “It was only after [she] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson. “The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their six-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend. Significantly, during their long relationship, she made numerous claims that she was previously raped by at least three other famous actors and musicians.”

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Masterson’s alleged victims say Scientology played a part in protecting him from accusations, while Masterson and his team blame former Scientologist Remini for provoking and egging on the women to report him.

The statement continued, accusing Bixler of continuing to try to reach out to Masterson after their relationship ended. The rep said Bixler even tried to threaten Masterson’s wife.

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“When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him,” said the rep. “In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [she] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent.”

In the light of the allegations, Netflix wrote out Masterson’s character from his show, The Ranch. Production will resume on the show in 2018 without him.

Masterson said he was “obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off,” and while he understood the streaming service’s decision, he “look[s] forward to clearing [his] name once and for all.”

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“From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” he said about the initial accusations. “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.”

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Masterson has not yet responded to the latest allegations against him.

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