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Actor Danny Masterson must stand trial on 3 rape charges

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Posted at 6:34 PM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 21:34:11-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says "That '70s Show" actor Danny Masterson must stand trial on three counts of rape.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge made the determination Friday in the fourth day of a preliminary hearing where three women testified that Masterson had raped them.

He has denied the charges. His attorneys said the women's stories were coordinated and contained falsehoods, and said too many years had passed for accurate memories.

The attorneys declined comment outside court. The 45-year-old actor is charged with three counts of rape by force or fear and could get up to 45 years in prison if convicted.