Bijou Phillips divorce from Danny Masterson after rape arrest

Bijou Phillips divorce from Danny Masterson after rape arrest

Days after the former “That ’70s Show” actor received a 30- to life-sentence for two rape convictions, Bijou Phillips filed for divorce from Danny Masterson.

According to the court’s website, Phillips, a 43-year-old actor, petitioned Santa Barbara Superior Court on Monday to dissolve her nearly 12 year marriage to Masterson, 47. The couple’s daughter is nine years old. There were no other details available right away.

Emails addressed to a Phillips lawyer went unanswered, and a Masterson spokesman declined to comment. Masterson insists on his innocence, and according to his lawyers, they intend to file an appeal on the grounds that the evidence supporting his conviction was flawed and that it was unconstitutional.

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Phillips appeared in court with other Masterson family members for two protracted trials, the second of which resulted in a conviction on two of three rape charges from 2003. The first trial ended in a mistrial.

Emotional Moments

She sobbed in court on May 31 when the guilty verdicts were announced, and she occasionally displayed the same emotion on September 7 during Masterson’s sentencing hearing, when the judge handed down a sentence that will keep him behind bars for 25 and a half years before he is eligible for parole.

Prior to Masterson’s sentencing, Phillips commended him as a husband and parent in a letter to the judge.

Apparently referring to Masterson’s treatment of her and their daughter after Phillips received a kidney transplant in 2017, Phillips stated, “I can say that Danny has literally been a life-saving partner to me,”

She and Masterson purchased a farm in remote Santa Barbara County that he converted into a winery after the disclosure of the police probe caused him to lose all of his acting employment, according to the letter, which was substantially redacted before being made public after the conviction.

Dad was described as a “amazing father” by Phillips, who added, “Our daughter and I are heartbroken that he is not home with us.”

Phillips, the child of “The Mamas and the Papas” singer-songwriter John Phillips and performer Genevieve Waite, started out as a model and then produced an album of her own music before deciding to pursue acting. She has acted in films like “Almost Famous” and television shows like “Raising Hopes” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Masterson and she started dating in 2004. In 2009, they made their engagement public, and they wed in Ireland in 2011.

Masterson’s Acting Career

Masterson co-starred in the Fox period comedy “That’s ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006 with Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Topher Grace. In 2017, Los Angeles police said they were looking into him for sexual assault; he was taken into custody in 2020. After receiving criticism for their own letters to the judge asking for compassion for Masterson that were made public, Kutcher and Kunis issued an apology.

In 2003, he was found guilty of raping two people he knew from the Church of Scientology. Both women testified that he aggressively raped them and put drugs in their drinks. On a third allegation that claimed he had sexually assaulted a previous girlfriend in 2001, the jury was unable to agree on a judgement.

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Source: The Associated Press

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