Danny Masterson Accused Of Rape By 5th Woman

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A fifth woman has accused actor and prominent Scientologist Danny Masterson of sexual assault, alleging that he repeatedly raped her when they dated.

On Dec. 21, actress Bobette Riales took to Twitter to accuse Masterson of sexually assaulting her during their relationship.

"I stayed quiet long enough," Riales tweeted. "Danny Masterson repeatedly raped me. All I seek is justice and to prevent this from ever happening again to anyone else as it has for some time. My truth will be heard."

Riales and Masterson reportedly dated sometime in 2003, according to HuffPost.

Four women, including Chrissie Carnell-Bixler, had previously accused Masterson of rape. Riales referenced Carnell-Bixler in her statement and commended her for speaking out.

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"He will never do this to another human being ever again," Carnell-Bixler responded to Riales in a tweet. "He's a thief in the night, but he overlooked some incredibly valuable things we still possess. Our voice."

On Nov. 16, Carnell-Bixler told The Daily Beast that the Church of Scientology had been protecting Masterson from a sexual assault investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department. She alleged that Masterson was a "serial rapist."

On Nov. 22, Carnell-Bixler recounted that Masterson had allegedly sodomized her while she slept in 2001. She said that she reported the incident to the Church of Scientology but was told that it could not have been rape because she and Masterson were in a relationship, according to HuffPost.

Masterson has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.

On Dec. 5, Netflix fired Masterson from the television show "The Ranch." The actor blasted the decision and asserted that he had been unfairly dismissed, The New York Times reports.

"I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one," Masterson said in a statement. "In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in this current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused."

The Church of Scientology issued a statement accusing Masterson's accusers of pushing a "bigoted agenda."

On Dec. 13, Netflix confirmed that it had fired executive Andy Yeatman for dismissing allegations against Masterson during a phone conversation with Carnell-Bixler.

On Dec. 5, former Church of Scientology member Chris Shelton asserted during an interview that church officials systematically suppressed accusations of misconduct against their prominent members.

"The church works to protect the church first ... They will keep lying, lying and lying," Shelton told Fox News. "They'll cover up and double down."

Sources: The Daily BeastFox NewsHuffPost (2), The New York Times (2) / Featured Image: Oscar Rohena/Flickr / Embedded Images: Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV/Wikimedia Commons, PictorialEvidence/Wikimedia Commons

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