Not very long after Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a party when he was 14, Netflix pulled a Verbal Kint on Kevin Spacey and like that (poof) he was gone. No more House of Cards, no more Gore Vidal biopic. Yet Danny Masterson, who stars on Netflix’s The Ranch, still found himself employed even while facing rape accusations. And according to a story published by HuffPo, they’re very much aware of the accusations.
Back in March, three former Scientologists came forward accusing Danny Masterson of rape. Another woman made the same accusation. The LAPD and Los Angeles County District Attorney are currently investigating all four allegations.
One of the four women (who goes by Victim B) reportedly confronted Netflix director of global kids content Andy Yeatman at a youth soccer game over the weekend. Andy was the coach of one team and Victim B’s husband was the coach of the opposing team. Victim B claims that she approached Andy and asked why Netflix hasn’t taken any action against Danny Masterson.
According to Victim B and another witness to the conversation, Andy Yeatman responded that Netflix takes sexual misconduct allegations very seriously, but that the higher ups at Netflix “don’t believe” Danny’s four accusers. That’s when Victim B allegedly informed Andy Yeatman that she was one of his accusers and the conversation ended.
About an hour later, Andy Yeatman reportedly approached Victim B and said he had no idea she was one of his accusers. He allegedly told her that he isn’t able to decide what Netflix does with Danny Masterson. Victim B says she responded, saying that Netflix was going to regret not doing anything. She and her witness claim that Andy responded with a condescending “We’ll see.“
A spokesperson for Netflix has commented on this situation. They say that Andy never hissed “we’ll see” like Victim B claims. But they don’t deny the rest.
“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. 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 filed a police report against Danny Masterson back in 2004, but the case went nowhere after dozens of Scientologists filed affidavits claiming she was lying. The LAPD reopened her case in January.
House of Cards fans lost their damn minds at the thought of Netflix taking away their precious Frank Underwood, but they should know that literally no one will care if they cancel The Ranch. The only people who might care are Scientologists. And even then, if they want to see one of their allegedly creepy stars do cowboy boot cosplay opposite of Debra Winger so badly, they can just borrow a copy of Urban Cowboy from John Travolta and screen it in the lounge.