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Danny Masterson rape trial loses two sick jurors

Danny Masterson is charged with the rape of three women, including a former girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.

Danny MastersonFILE - Actor Danny Masterson appears at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on June 7, 2017. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Two deliberating jurors at the rape trial of former That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson were dismissed Monday because they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo replaced the jurors with two alternates and told the panel to start over with deliberations.

The jurors were returning Monday from a week off after telling Olmedo on Nov. 18 that they were deadlocked and could not reach a verdict on any of the three rape counts against Masterson after nearly three days of deliberations.

The judge told them it was too soon to declare a mistrial and to keep deliberating when they returned from the holiday break.

Masterson, 46, is charged with the rape of three women, including a former girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. He has pleaded not guilty, and the defense said the acts were consensual.

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First published on: 29-11-2022 at 08:53 IST
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