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“Emotional Scene as Bijou Phillips Witnesses Danny Masterson’s Farewell Kiss During Rape Sentencing”

September 8, 2023

In a somber scene outside a California courthouse, the wife of former “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson, 43-year-old Bijou Phillips, concealed her emotions behind oversized sunglasses as she bid her husband farewell. Masterson, 47, was taken into custody to serve a 30-year prison sentence for two rape convictions.

The courtroom’s only display of emotion from Masterson was a poignant farewell kiss to his wife, captured by a courtroom sketch artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo delivered the maximum sentence to Masterson, who remained impassive throughout the proceedings, even as two victims recounted the trauma they endured.

One of the victims directly addressed Masterson, stating, “When you raped me, you stole from me; that’s what rape is, a theft of the spirit.” She continued, “You are pathetic, disturbed, and completely violent. The world is better off with you in prison.”

The actor, who had been found guilty of the rapes in May, received consecutive 15-year terms in prison. Masterson, a member of Scientology, continued to assert his innocence, and his legal team plans to file an appeal.

The other victim emphasized that Masterson had not shown any remorse for the pain he had caused and argued that he belonged behind bars for the safety of all women.

While the victims addressed their assailant, Masterson remained stoic, choosing not to exercise his right to speak before sentencing or testify during the trial.

As Phillips faced the emotional toll of the situation, she shed tears behind her sunglasses. The couple, married since 2011, share a 9-year-old daughter, and Masterson’s attorney, Shawn Holley, expressed concern about the impact of the judge’s decision on both his life and his daughter’s future.

However, the victims highlighted that their lives had been forever altered by the violent rapes. One of them, who was born into the Church of Scientology, revealed that she lost everything when she decided to report Masterson, whom she claimed the church had sought to protect above all else.

“I lost everything. I lost my religion. I lost my ability to contact anyone I’d known or loved my entire life,” she said. “I didn’t exist outside the Scientology world. I had to start my life all over at 29. It seemed the world I knew didn’t want me to live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Source: New York Post]

 

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