It remains to be seen how Masterson's character will be written out of the show, but considering the apparent suddenness of this decision, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see him just disappear with little to no in-story explanation.
Masterson's firing follows a Huffington Post report of a Netflix executive telling one of Masterson's accusers over the weekend that the company doesn't think the allegations are credible. "You protect that and reward that", Chrissie Carnell-Bixler, Masterson's ex-girlfriend and one of the women accusing him of rape, told The Daily Beast last month.
On Tuesday morning, the company announced that Masterson had been written out of the show and that production will resume next year without him.
This comes just a day after reports emerged that a Netflix executive told one of Masterston's accusers that the streaming giant didn't believe the allegations without realising who she was. Masterson is now under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
"Danny Masterson is a celebrity". Later, she received an email from Yeatman's wife, Lilly, sent from her professional email address at Disney, admonishing Victim B for having "really done a bad thing to a great guy" and causing "heartache" to their family. The email, which Victim B provided to HuffPost, was sent from Lilly Yeatman's professional email address at Disney.
One victim, who was Masterson's girlfriend at the time, claims he sexually assaulted her when she was unconscious in December 2001. Four women have accused Masterson of violently raping them in the early 2000s. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement.
For his part, Masterson has denied the allegations, which date back to the early '00s. Masterson is a Scientologist.
Sources in the police department and district attorney's office have described the evidence against Masterson as "compelling" and "overwhelming".
Netflix has cut ties with another actor over allegations of sexual misconduct. Masterson stands accused of raping four women, and the LAPD and LA County DA say that they're still investigating the matter.