Danny Masterson's Ex-Girlfriend Says He Punched Her, Called Her 'White Trash' After Attempted Rape

One of the three women who have accused actor Danny Masterson of rape testified that he hit her in the face one night when she fought with him to stop.

The woman, who was in a relationship with Masterson over a six year period, said she often woke up to find him having sex with her, even if she didn't want it. Most of the time, she said, she accepted it, but that night in November 2001, she chose to fight back.

In court Friday, the woman said that after pushing him and telling Masterson no without success, she pulled his hair to get him to stop. She added that the actor had "rules" about people touching his face or his hair and she knew it would make him angry enough to stop.

"I knew if I pulled it really, really hard, he would get off me. But what he did was hit me," the woman said in her testimony according to the Associated Press.

She said Masterson then spat on her and called her "white trash."

The woman and another of Masteron's accusers, both of whom Newsweek is not naming, gave testimonies in court regarding the allegations against him on Friday.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Danny Masterson stands with his lawyer Thomas Mesereau as he is arraigned on rape charges at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on September 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three women on separate occasions between 2001 and 2003. Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images

The ex-girlfriend was the second of three accusers of the 45-year-old "That '70s Show" actor to testify in Los Angeles Superior Court at a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to order Masterson to stand trial on three counts of rape. Masterson has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer Thomas Mesereau said he would prove his innocence.

Mesereau, who will later have a chance to cross-examine her, told the judge he would argue that the interaction was consensual.

The woman later said in another incident a month later that is not cited in the charges that she blacked out, woke in pain and learned from Masterson he had sex with her while she was unconscious. That prompted her to go to ethics officials at the Church of Scientology, which she had joined in 1996 at the urging of Masterson, a prominent member.

She said the officials convinced her she was not raped, and she did not go to police to report Masterson until 15 years had passed.

In court documents in a civil lawsuit filed by Masterson's accusers, the Church of Scientology denied all of the women's allegations.

The church has loomed large in the case in which the defendant and his three accusers were all devoted members at the time of the allegations from 2001 until 2003.

The two women who have testified at the hearing both spoke to church officials long before they went to police.

Mesereau said Tuesday before the hearing began that the prosecution is marked by "religious bias in the most blatant form" from the case's prosecutors and lead detective.

And earlier Wednesday, he continued his cross-examination of the first witness, by trying to tie her to prominent voices who have spoken out against Scientology, including actor Leah Remini.

The first witness acknowledged filming an interview with Remini for her show "Scientology and the Aftermath" in 2017, saying she did so because she worried that no charges would be brought against Masterson and she felt it might be her only chance to be heard.

She said no when Mesereau twice asked her whether she had been paid for the interview.

The lawyer also pressed her over what he said were inconsistencies and contradictions between her accounts to church officials and police in the months that followed the 2003 incident, and her testimony Tuesday.

It was familiar territory for Mesereau, who defended Michael Jackson in the 2005 trial that saw him acquitted of child molestation and defended Bill Cosby through two trials, the second of which brought his conviction for sexual assault in 2018.

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FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Danny Masterson appears at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, prosecutors are set to begin presenting evidence to a judge as they attempt to show “That '70s Show” actor Masterson should stand trial for the rapes of three women. (Photo by /Invision/AP, File) Wade Payne/Associated Press