Former ‘That 70’s Show’ Star Danny Masterson Enters Prison, Mug Shot Revealed

Disgraced actor Danny Masterson has checked into North Kern State Prison in Delano, California, where he will serve a 30-year sentence following his conviction on multiple rape charges, according to KABC-TV. The 47-year-old, best known for his role on “That 70s Show,” was convicted on two counts of forcible rape in May and will now go through the inmate reception process to determine his level of security within the prison. His mug shot was released, showing him in an orange jumpsuit with long hair and a beard.

Masterson, a committed Scientologist, had been held at the Los Angeles County jail in the months since his conviction as post-sentencing hearings and various legal issues were resolved. Adding to the controversy of the case was the decision by his former “That 70s Show” co-stars, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, to write letters seeking leniency for Masterson. They later apologized in a video posted on social media, clarifying that the letters were intended for the judge to read and not to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling.

Kutcher and Kunis also resigned from Thorn, the child abuse charity that Kutcher founded, as a result of the backlash from their support for Masterson. Other co-stars, including Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, also wrote letters to Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo of Los Angeles Superior Court asking for leniency, but Masterson was ultimately sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. He is currently appealing his conviction and will become eligible for parole after 25 years.

It was a dramatic turn of events for Masterson, who had previously enjoyed a successful acting career on “That 70s Show.” However, the rape charges and subsequent conviction have tarnished his reputation and led to backlash from former colleagues and the public. His status as a high-profile member of the Church of Scientology also brought additional attention to the case, as the organization faced scrutiny for its support of Masterson in the wake of the allegations.

As Masterson begins his prison sentence, the future of his appeal and potential parole eligibility remain uncertain. The case has sparked conversations about the treatment of sexual assault survivors, the influence of celebrity culture, and the role of religious institutions in high-profile legal proceedings. With Masterson’s conviction and subsequent imprisonment, the focus will now shift to his efforts to appeal the verdict and potentially secure an early release. Only time will tell what lies ahead for the disgraced actor as he begins this new chapter in his life.

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