Danny Masterson is most famous for his role as Steven Hyde in the late 1990s and early 2000s comedy That 70s Show. His career, however, took a turn for the worse in 2017 after he was accused of sexual assault by several women. He not only lost his role in Netflix’s The Ranch but he was not called back to make a cameo in the reboot series That 70s Show.
It’s obvious that Masterson won’t be making a comeback to Hollywood anytime soon after being found guilty of three charges of sexual assault and receiving a sentence of 30 years to life in prison.
Before the actor was sentenced, a number of people, including his brother Christopher Masterson and his stepsiblings, wrote letters asking for leniency for the actor. However, Masterson’s stepfather claims his children lied in letters to help the actor.
Danny Masterson’s step-siblings, Jordan and The Walking Dead’s Alanna Masterson, also penned letters in his support. They stated in their letters that their dad, former professional rugby player Joe Reaiche, abandoned them ‘for all intents and purposes’ when they were very young, causing then-16-year-old Danny to step in as a parental figure for them.
The letters Jordan and Alanna wrote about the That 70s Show actor gave them a good picture of what a fantastic brother and role model he was to them. Reaiche, however, claims that his kid’s letters were full of lies. “My son and daughter have very short memories about their dad,” Reaiche told The Beast, pointing out the numerous inconsistencies he noticed in what they wrote.
“Carol filed for divorce in 1995 in Los Angeles. Jordan was born in 1986. He was 9, not 6. There’s the first incorrect thing,” the actor’s stepfather said, adding that he did not abandon his children but kept in touch with them for numerous years until the Church of Scientology prohibited them from contacting him.
He also said that his kids and stepchildren were not in such a bad financial situation as the letters suggested. “They were actually making money, and I was giving them money. Carol was their manager,” Reaiche claimed. “I paid for their summer school at that expensive Scientology school in Oregon, Delphi. That was $5,000 each.” The former rugby player is thinking about suing his own children because of these letters.