This week’s sentencing is the culmination of two decades of trauma for Masterson’s victims, but the actor continued working on screen for years after the crimes — until five women came forward to accuse Masterson of rape in 2017. The three Jane Does first had their day in court back in 2022, in a case that eventually led to a hung jury. During the retrial, prosecutors apparently put a finer point on one of the crime’s most upsetting details — that Masterson allegedly drugged his victims — than in the first go-round. That’s far from the only nightmarish detail to come to light in recent years; in 2019, four women sued Masterson and the church for stalking, harassment, a conspiracy to obstruct justice, and more (per People), with one person who made claims against Masterson stating on social media that their dog was poisoned in retribution for speaking out.
Today, Masterson received two consecutive 15 year sentences for his crimes. “Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s voice and choice,” Judge Olmedo said during sentencing. “Your actions 20 years ago were criminal, and that is why you are here.” There’s no happy ending to a story like this, but Masterson’s sentencing marks a win for a trio of women who have shown a whole lot of courage in the face of the unimaginable.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).