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A rape lawsuit against Danny Masterson will continue forward after a Los Angeles judge rejected Masterson’s defense motion on Monday.

The former That ‘70s Show star, 44, was charged in June with raping three separate women between the years of 2001 and 2003. These charges were formally brought upon the actor less than a year after four women filed another lawsuit against Masterson and the Church of Scientology in August 2019.

The women of the 2019 lawsuit alleged that they were stalked and intimidated by Masterson and the Church after they accused the actor of raping them in the early 2000s. Amongst the women who made the accusations were Masterson’s ex, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, Marie Bobbette Riales, and two women who have remained anonymous.

In the present case, Masterson has continued to deny the allegations against him. However, during a hearing on Monday, a judge rejected Masterson’s defense argument that the allegations against him occurred outside the statute of limitations and were thereby too old to be prosecuted.

The actor is currently out on a $3.3 million bail and failed to appear in court on Monday. Yet, according to a spokesperson from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the arraignment will proceed on November 2. If found guilty, Masterson may face a potential maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.

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