Disgraced actor Danny Masterson, known for his role in ‘That 70’s Show,’ has recently received a 30-year to life prison sentence after being convicted of two counts of rape. Prosecutors argued that Masterson, 47, had leveraged his status as a prominent Scientologist to evade accountability.
In the courtroom, the aftermath of Masterson’s conviction revealed strained family ties, particularly with those still practicing Scientology. One woman, shunned by her mother, a practicing Scientologist, recounted receiving a text message instructing her to sever all contact.
“Family Ties: The Masterson Clan Amidst Danny’s 30-Year Prison Sentence”
Masterson’s fall from grace came as three women testified that he had sexually assaulted them at his Hollywood residence between 2001 and 2003, during the height of his television fame. The victims disclosed that he had given them drugs before the assaults. As the judge announced the maximum allowable sentence, Masterson’s wife, Bijou Phillips, was seen breaking down in tears.
Prior to his sentencing, the victims were granted the opportunity to read impact statements in court, with the support of prominent former Scientologist and actress Leah Remini, who consoled them. One victim expressed her regret for not reporting the crimes earlier, while another offered forgiveness, releasing the burden of Masterson’s sickness.
Amidst this controversy, Danny Masterson’s family, including his in-laws, are well-known figures in the entertainment industry. Notably, Christopher Masterson, Danny’s younger brother, gained recognition for his role as Francis in the hit series ‘Malcolm in the Middle.’
Additionally, Alanna Masterson, another sibling, found fame as Tara Chambler in the critically acclaimed series ‘The Walking Dead.’ Her character, Tara, is celebrated for her resilience in the face of post-apocalyptic challenges.
Peter Masterson, the father of Danny and Christopher, had a distinguished career as an American actor, director, and writer. Known for his contributions to both theater and film, he appeared in productions such as ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Stepford Wives.’
Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson’s wife, is an American actress and model known for her roles in films like ‘Almost Famous’ and ‘Bully.’ She is the daughter of musician John Phillips and South African actress Geneviève Waïte.
John Phillips, a musician and songwriter, was a founding member of the iconic 1960s band the Mamas & the Papas, contributing to folk-rock and pop music. His life was marked by scandal when his daughter, Mackenzie Phillips, alleged a consensual sexual relationship with him during her late teens.
Geneviève Waïte, an actress and artist born in Cape Town, South Africa, was Bijou Phillips’ mother and contributed to the family’s legacy in Hollywood. She starred in the 1968 film “Joanna,” exploring themes of youth and counterculture.
Jordan Masterson, another family member, is known for his recurring role as Ryan Vogelson in “Last Man Standing” and various guest appearances on TV shows and films.
Chynna Phillips, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Wilson Phillips, achieved fame in the early 1990s with hit songs like “Hold On.” Besides her music career, she has ventured into acting with appearances in films and television shows.
As Danny Masterson faces the consequences of his actions, his family remains in the public eye, each member forging their own path in the entertainment industry.