After news broke that House of Cards will be continuing on without Kevin Spacey’s character, Netflix later announced that it will also be writing Danny Masterson out of The Ranch in response to rape allegations made against the actor. Production is expected to resume in early 2018.
“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. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one,” Masterson said in a statement given by his attorney.
Masterson, also known for his role on That ‘70s Show, was accused in March by three women who say they were sexually assaulted by him in the early 2000s.
Masterson, who is a Scientologist, has said he believed these allegations were encouraged by Leah Remini to draw up attention for her A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
The decision to write off Masterson is also due in part to a Huffington Post article published Monday, which said one of Masterson’s accusers had a conversation with Netflix executive Andy Yeatman at a children’s soccer game Sunday about why they were keeping Masterson on the show.
“We don’t believe them,” Yeatman told the woman, according to Huffington Post.
“I’m one of them,” she replied.
Netflix later called Yeatman’s remarks careless and uninformed, confirming that Yeatman unknowingly defended Masterson to his rape accuser.
“We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson, and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
Masterson will still appear in Part 4 of the series, which will stream Dec. 15. He is also in Season 2 of Netflix’s Easy, which premiered this month.