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Leah Remini praises Danny Masterson prison sentence: ‘relieved this dangerous rapist will be off the streets’

Former Scientologist Leah Remini praised Danny Masterson’s 30-year prison sentence Thursday after he was convicted of rape earlier this year during a retrial. 

Masterson was found guilty in May on two counts of forcible rape from sexual assaults that allegedly occurred between 2001-03. The jury was hung on a third charge after eight days of deliberations.

Remini wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that sitting in court with “the women who survived Masterson’s predation was a surreal experience. Over the past seven decades, former Scientologists have sadly become used to Scientology using its financial resources, religious protection, and relationships to snatch justice away from them.

“For over two decades, Danny Masterson avoided accountability for his crimes. While Danny was the only one sentenced, his conviction and sentence are indictments against Scientology, its operatives, and its criminal leader, David Miscavige.”

“We are very disappointed in the sentence the judge handed down today,” Shawn Holley, Masterson’s attorney, told reporters outside the courthouse in video shared by Deadline. “However, for the past several months, a team of the top appellate lawyers in the country has been reviewing transcripts of the trial. They have identified a number of significant evidentiary and constitutional issues which they will address in briefs to both the state and federal courts.”

Prosecutors told jurors during the trial Masterson drugged the women’s drinks so he could rape them. They said he used his prominence in the church — where all three women were also members at the time — to avoid consequences for decades.

His legal team argued the acts were consensual and attempted to discredit the women’s stories by highlighting changes and inconsistencies over time, which they said showed signs of coordination between them.

Remini, who left the church one decade ago, filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, in August for harassment, stalking, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Tracy Wright is an entertainment reporter for Fox News Digital. Send story tips to


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