Masterson, 45, who has pleaded not responsible and has been free on bail since his June arrest, is charged in a Los Angeles County court docket with three counts of rape by drive or worry. On Tuesday prosecutors stated they’d current proof that he raped a 23-year-old lady someday in 2001, a 28-year-old lady in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old lady between October and December of 2003.
Masterson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau denied the incident described in court docket Wednesday was rape.
The girl, who was in a relationship with Masterson for six years, was the second of the three to testify in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom at a preliminary listening to to find out whether or not there’s sufficient proof to order Masterson to face trial on three counts of rape. Masterson has pleaded not responsible, and Mesereau has stated he would show his innocence.
“I tried pushing him off me and saying no I dont want to have sex with you,” the lady, recognized in court docket solely as Christina B., stated. “He wouldn’t stop. So I did something that I knew would make him angry and likely to get off me. I pulled his hair. He has these rules, ‘no touch hair rule,’ ‘no touch face rule.’ He had this thing about his hair, so I knew if I pulled it really, really hard, he would get off me. But what he did was he hit me.”
The November incident Christine B. described got here in November 2001, in the home she and Masterson would share all through their six-year relationship. Below questioning from Deputy District Legal professional Reinhold Mueller, she stated he hit her throughout the face with a loosely held fist then lastly stopped, spat on her and known as her “white trash.”
Christine B. selected to be recognized by her actual first title in court docket and has spoken publicly in regards to the assault earlier than.
Throughout cross-examination, Mesereau stated that she was telling a unique story than she had in her interviews with police and prosecutors.
“You never said he was having sex with you, did you, you said he was trying to, correct?” Mesereau requested.
The protection then performed a tape of an interview with a police detective with Christine B. saying “correct” when the detective requested if Masterson was making an attempt to have intercourse together with her, then performed a recording of an interview with Mueller the place she stated Masterson was “putting himself inside me.”
In court docket, she responded that she had been utilizing completely different language to explain the identical factor.
Christine B. stated in one other incident a month later that’s not cited within the expenses that she blacked out, woke in ache and realized from Masterson he had raped her whereas she was unconscious. That prompted her to go to ethics officers on the Church of Scientology, which she had joined in 1996 on the urging of Masterson, a outstanding member.
She stated the officers satisfied her she was not raped, and he or she didn’t go to police to report Masterson till 15 years had handed.
In court docket paperwork in a civil lawsuit filed by Masterson’s accusers, the Church of Scientology denied the entire ladies’s allegations.
When Christine B. went to police in 2016, she did it to report the second incident, not the one Masterson was ultimately charged with.
Mesereau cited this as proof that she didn’t consider she had been raped the primary time. He repeatedly challenged Christine B. on the difficulty, asking why she hadn’t thought-about it rape initially.
She broke into tears as she defined that the connection had introduced her to count on such issues.
“Because it was normal!” she shouted.
The church has loomed giant within the case by which the defendant and his three accusers had been all devoted members on the time of the allegations from 2001 till 2003.
The 2 ladies who’ve testified on the listening to each spoke to church officers lengthy earlier than they went to police.
Mesereau stated Tuesday earlier than the listening to started 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 primary witness, recognized in court docket as Jen B., by making an attempt to tie her to outstanding voices who’ve spoken out in opposition to Scientology, together with actor Leah Remini.
Jen B. acknowledged filming an interview with Remini for her present “Scientology and the Aftermath” in 2017, saying she did so as a result of she anxious that no expenses can be introduced in opposition to Masterson and he or she felt it could be her solely probability to be heard.
She stated no when Mesereau twice requested her whether or not she had been paid for the interview.
Mesereau additionally requested Christine B. whether or not she had gone to police on the urging of Remini, which she denied.
Testimony continues Thursday.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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