A woman who claims actor Danny Masterson raped her says she tried to discuss his employment with a Netflix executive — and was promptly told the company did not believe Masterson’s accusers.
The woman, identified only as Victim B, said Andy Yeatman — without realizing she was one of Masterson’s accusers — told her Netflix does not believe the four women accusing “The Ranch” star, 41, of rape, according to Huffington Post.
Netflix confirmed the conversation in a statement to the outlet and called Yeatman’s comments “careless” and “uninformed.”
The woman says she approached Yeatman, the director of global kids content, at a soccer game in which both of their daughters were playing Sunday.
She claims she asked him why Netflix has not taken action against Masterson, who is currently facing four rape accusations and is under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Victim B and a witness tell HuffPost that Yeatman said Netflix takes all claims seriously, but does not believe the accusations leveled against Masterson. It was then, she says, that she told him she was one of the accusers.
She says Yeatman approached her about an hour later and said he does not decide what action Netflix takes against Masterson.
In its statement, Netflix said Yeatman’s comments don’t reflect the company’s views, and that it is “following” Masterson’s investigation.
“While he was coaching at a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson,” the statement read. “Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on ‘The Ranch.’ We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault
The company’s reluctance to cut ties with Masterson is curious when compared to its speedy response to the Kevin Spacey scandal.
Just days after Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, Netflix suspended then fired him from “House of Cards,” and announced that it would no longer be releasing his upcoming movie “Gore.”
Masterson has starred on and produced “The Ranch” since 2016 alongside Ashton Kutcher. The pair previously starred together on “That ’70s Show,” which also streams on Netflix.
The accusations against the actor stretch back to the early 2000s, and some of the women claim that Masterson spiked their drinks before assaulting them.
According to documents obtained by Huffington Post, Victim B filed a police report in 2004 alleging she was passed out and awoke to him raping her in 2003. She claims he then choked her until she passed out again.
Masterson has denied all allegations of rape and said that the encounters were consensual. His representative did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
Three accusers are former members of the Church of Scientology, the controversial religion to which Masterson still belongs.
One accuser, Chrissie Bixler, alleged on Twitter that the Church helped Masterson cover up the rape.