The Ranch: Danny Masterson Fired Due to Rape Allegations

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Netflix has severed ties with The Ranch's Danny Masterson after rape allegations against the actor were revealed. 

“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” a Netflix spokesperson revealed. 

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“Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”

Masterson has been with the Netflix Original since it debuted in April 2016. 

Danny was quick to chime in with his own thoughts on the firing and vehemently denied the allegations. 

I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch," Masterson begins in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly. 

Danny Masterson

"From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit," the statement continues. 

"I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty."

"However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all."

"In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons."

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"I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”

PEOPLE reported earlier this year that three women went to the Los Angeles Police Department and alleged that Masterson sexually assaulted them in the early 2000s. 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department are still investigating the claims.

The claims have more difficult to investigate because Masterson is a devout Scientologist and three of his accusers are also part of Scientology.

Masterson is expected to appear in the first ten episodes of The Ranch Season 3 which is still a long way off. 

The second half of The Ranch Season 2 debuts December 15 on the streaming giant. 

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