Former “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson has commenced his prison sentence at North Kern State Prison in California after being convicted of raping two women. The 47-year-old actor’s admission to prison follows a trial in which he was found guilty of two counts of forcible rape, dating back to incidents in 2003.
Masterson’s prison journey began with the completion of the classification and reception process, as stated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A booking photo of Masterson, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with a full beard, has been released.
In June, the actor was convicted of raping two women in his Los Angeles home in 2003, and in September, he received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. The verdict led to the dismissal of a mistrial for a third count against Jane Doe No. 3, with prosecutors opting not to retry Masterson on that specific rape charge.
His legal team, led by attorney Shawn Holley, has expressed plans to appeal the conviction, believing that the convictions will be overturned. Masterson’s wife, actor Bijou Phillips, filed for divorce shortly after the sentencing.
Masterson’s eligibility for parole is set for more than 25 years into his sentence. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation noted that the classification and reception process, expected to take up to 90 days, will determine his placement at an institution within the prison system.
As the actor begins serving his consecutive 15-year sentences for each rape charge, the legal saga surrounding Masterson continues, with the possibility of appeals shaping the trajectory of his time in prison.