Danny Masterson, star of Netflix’s The Ranch, has been accused of raping four women. Thus far, Netflix has taken no action against him, despite moving quickly against Kevin Spacey in regard to House of Cards. Why? According to one network exec, they don’t believe the victims.
HuffPost reports that one of Masterson’s alleged victims, identified as Victim B, approached Andy Yeatman, the director of global kids content at Netflix, while they were both at a children’s soccer game. Victim B asked Yeatman why the company had not suspended Masterson in light of the investigation against him. Yeatman was unaware that Victim B was associated with the case when he told her “we don’t believe them,” in reference to the alleged victims.
The exchange was witnessed by numerous people, and a spokesperson for Yeatman confirmed the account:
“While he was coaching a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman ― a Netflix kids’ programming executive ― was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson,” the statement read. “Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
Victim B says she was stunned by Yeatman’s comments and told him, “I’m one of them,” then walked away. He approached her later, and she began to cry, telling him, “I hope no one ever says that to your daughter.”
Victim B says she told Yeatman that Netflix would come to regret how they’re handling Masterson’s case, and he responded in a “condescending tone” by saying, “We’ll see.” Yeatman denies that part of Victim B’s account.
Both Masterson and Victim B met through the Church of Scientology, which believes that contacting police about a member is a high crime. Victim B still initially reported her rape in 2004, but LAPD dropped the case after many Scientologists signed sworn affidavits saying she was lying. The case was reopened in January.