Leah Remini Speaks Out After “Dangerous” Danny Masterson Is Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Leah Remini expressed her relief following the sentencing of Danny Masterson to 30 years to life in prison for two counts of rape. She stated, “The women who survived Danny’s predation fought tirelessly for justice.”

Leah Remini penned a strong message in response to Danny Masterson’s conviction for rape. After the former That ‘70s Show actor was found guilty of two counts of rape in May, he received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. The star of King of Queens criticized both Masterson and the Church of Scientology, of which he has been a long-time member, while expressing her support for the victims.

Remini wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, on September 7, “I am relieved that this dangerous rapist will be off the streets and unable to violently assault and rape women with the help of Scientology, a multi-billion-dollar criminal organization with tax-exempt status.” She further praised the bravery of the survivors who read their victim impact statements in court while facing Masterson and some of the Scientologists who had allegedly terrorized them for over two decades.

Additionally, Remini, who was raised in the Church of Scientology and has become a vocal critic since leaving the organization, expressed gratitude to the women for speaking out. She added, “The women who survived Danny’s predation fought tirelessly for justice. Their tenacity, strength, and courage have given hope to all victims of Scientology that justice is possible. For that, we will forever be grateful. To the LAPD detectives, the LA District Attorney’s office, Judge Olmedo, and the jury, we thank you for your fair and impartial approach to this case and trial.”

Prosecutors had accused Masterson, who was arrested and charged with three counts of forcible rape in 2020, of sexually assaulting three women in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003 at his Hollywood Hills residence. Masterson’s first trial in 2022 ended in a mistrial when the jury could not reach unanimous decisions on the three rape charges.

However, during Masterson’s retrial earlier this year, the jury found him guilty on two counts, while the third count remained unresolved.

The three women, identified as Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2, and Jane Doe #3, told the court that they had met Masterson through the Church of Scientology and later accused the organization of pressuring them not to report the allegations to the police, according to the Associated Press. The church denied these allegations in a statement on May 31, which was obtained by E! News on June 1, stating that the organization “has no policy prohibiting or discouraging members from reporting criminal conduct of anyone—Scientologists or not—to law enforcement.”

Following Masterson’s sentencing, his lawyer Shawn Holley maintained her client’s innocence, stating that a team of “top appellate lawyers in the country has been reviewing the transcripts of the trial” and had identified significant evidentiary and constitutional issues, which they plan to address in briefs to both state and federal appellate courts. Holley had originally sought a 15-year to life prison sentence for Masterson, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, and indicated plans to appeal the conviction.

Masterson’s attorneys were contacted for comment by E! News but had not responded at the time of reporting.

Regarding Remini’s allegations, the Church of Scientology directed E! News to their May statement in which they labeled the trial as “an unprecedented violation of the First Amendment.” The organization added, “The Church was not a party to this case, and religion did not belong in this proceeding as Supreme Court precedent has maintained for centuries.”

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