Exclusive: In audio of a phone call I obtained, @dannymasterson's publicist, Jenni Weinman, suggests to one of his victims that a woman can't be raped by a man she's in a relationship with. The Church of Scientology told the victim this as well.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 22, 2017
Link: https://t.co/dJJekciFEB pic.twitter.com/e128CzY6no
The longtime publicist for “That '70s Show” alum Danny Masterson is under fire after a recently surfaced audio recording exposed how she tried to deal with one of the women her client allegedly raped.
At least four women have accused the 41-year-old of sexual assault, with all incidents allegedly having taken place in the early 2000s. Masterson’s former girlfriend, Chrissie Bixler, whom he dated for nearly six years, is among the accusers, claiming the actor raped her at least twice during their relationship.
She said she was unconsciousness on both occasions and did not report it at time because the Church of Scientology, which she used to follow while Masterson still does, made her believe it was not rape.
“Because your boyfriend tells you it’s not rape if you’re in a relationship and then his church covers it up. #WhyWomenDontReport,” Bixler wrote in 2016, sharing her experience for the first time following the series of sexual misconduct allegations against then-Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
She also said another woman, only identified as Victim B, had contacted her with similar claims. According to the police report, the victim blacked out during a party at Masterson’s home and later woke up while he was raping her. She said the actor choked her until she passed out again. The incident reportedly took place in 2004 and the victim believed the actor spiked her drink.
The woman also contacted Masterson’s representative, Jenni Weinman, to discuss the accusations and brought up Bixler’s case — only to be told that a man cannot rape a woman if he is in a relationship with her.
“Well, Chrissie was Danny’s girlfriend at the time, so there’s really nothing, there’s no story there,” Weinman said in the call acquired by the HuffPost. “They were boyfriend and girlfriend and they dated, and then they f***** for a year after they broke up...”
Bixler called the year claim “categorically false.”
Weinman then went on to doubt the second victim’s claims.
“So I’m trying to figure out what happened, because I don’t imagine you would just go into someone’s house and then get raped,” she said.
This takes victim blaming to a completely new level.
Meanwhile, Weinman has issued a statement in an attempt to clear her position.
“I respect the law. I would never cover up wrongdoing or threaten people based on the scope of my work. As a publicist it’s my job to gather information and make informed decisions about media matters,” she stated. “As an outsider looking in I never saw anything but a consensual relationship between Danny and Chrissie, with whom I maintained a cordial relationship after they broke up. That said, her claims coming after almost 16 years were surprising and shocking to say the least. My conversation with any alleged victim came from a place of sincerity, and curiosity as to why they would wait and why now, it just seemed so illogical.”
It is also important to note Masterson has not denied his encounters with these women. He instead claims they were all consensual.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating “at least three alleged cases of rape or sodomy of women who were also Scientologists.”
Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Reuters, Jonathan Alcorn