EXCLUSIVE: Bijou Phillips ‘can’t accept’ that husband Danny Masterson raped two women as her full letter to judge calling him an ‘amazing father’ who ‘shielded young actors’ is revealed
- That ’70s show actor Danny Masterson, 47, was convicted on two counts of forcible rape in an LA court in May
- Philliips, 43, stayed at the actor’s side throughout two trials, looking downcast on Thursday as he was sentenced to 30 years in prison
- Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis also asked for leniency for Masters
Convicted rapist Danny Masterson‘s wife Bijou Phillips still ‘can’t accept’ that he sexually assaulted two women, and called him an ‘amazing father’ who worked to ‘shield younger actors from temptation’ in a letter begging a judge for leniency in his sentencing.
Phillips, 43, stayed at the actor’s side throughout two trials, looking downcast as she sat amid a grim group of Scientology friends and family members as he was jailed for 30 years on Thursday.
A source told DailyMail.com that Phillips believes in his innocence and is concerned for his safety in prison as a notorious convicted rapist.
But the actress’ letter – and those of his celebrity friends Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis – apparently did not move Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo, who handed down the harshest possible sentence of 30 years – 15 for each felony rape conviction. Masterson, 47, blew a kiss at his wife of nearly 20 years as he was escorted to begin his sentence.
In her letter, obtained by DailyMail.com, Phillips claimed Masterson was a ‘life-saving’ partner who dedicated himself to farming to support his family when the accusations about him started to emerge and he lost his acting career.
She also noted Masterson’s aversion to drugs – a common principle of Scientology – and his apparent dedication to helping young actors escape the downfalls of wealth and fame.
A source close to Phillips told DailyMail.com: ‘Bijou’s only positive outlook on things stems from her trust in Danny and the appeal process. She is hanging on to the fact that she completely trusts he never did what he was charged for, she can’t accept that to be true. And she is looking to the appeal process for justice to be served.
‘Danny is adamant he did nothing wrong and Bijou believes him. Her other thoughts are a little more scary and morbid, she doesn’t believe Danny will harm himself in jail, but she is very worried someone will harm him or even kill him and the stress that is bringing her is on its own level of stress that she never has felt before. It is a nightmare, but she will be on his side moving forward and continue to be present for their daughter.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Phillip’s representatives for comment on this story.
Before he was sentenced, Masterson’s attorney, Shawn Holley, urged the judge to impose concurrent, not consecutive 15 year to life sentences saying that would be ‘fair and just.’
Prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller asked the judge to hand down a 30-to-life sentence, saying that Holley’s plea for just 15 years was ‘not fair and just…absolutely not. Thirty years to life in prison is deserved.
‘After Masterson raped the first time he had time to think about what he had inflicted,’ he said. ‘Despite that, he raped again.’
Masterson had two trials. His first, six months earlier, resulted in a mistrial after a different jury were hopelessly deadlocked on all three rape charges. He was freed on $3.3million bail throughout both, but that freedom ended with his double conviction May 31.
He has been locked up in the notorious Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles since then.
Masterson’s victims tearfully told the courtroom how he had ruined their lives.
‘You are pathetic, disturbed and extremely violent and the world is a safer place with you in prison,’ said Jane Doe #2, looking straight at the actor, dressed in a gray suit and open-neck gray shirt.
‘You are a true coward and heartless monster,’ added Jane Doe #1. ‘I think life is an appropriate sentence.’
His accusers – whom DailyMail.com is identifying only as Jane Does 1 through 3 – are all former Scientologists and are also suing the actor and the Church of Scientology in civil court, claiming that they’ve been harassed and intimidated since reporting him to police. A status hearing on that civil case is scheduled for September 26
Bijou Phillips’ full letter to the judge
Dear Judge Olmedo,
I am writing to you to ask that you consider this information when sentencing my husband, Danny Masterson. Danny and I have been together for 19 years. We married in 2011 and our beautiful daughter was born in 2014. She is the bright spot throughout many years of crises and uncertainty.
I can say that Danny has literally been a life-saving partner to me.
At the time, our daughter was just three years old. She was our miracle child. I depended on Danny to take care of me and our daughter. I always felt that she would be okay because Danny is an amazing father. He was devoted to our daughter, would read her books, take her on walks and to ballet lessons. I never once heard him complain. The two were inseparable.
When we finally returned home, we thought we could start to focus on our lives as a family. That’s when the investigation against him began. After he lost his show and acting career, he devoted himself to finding other ways to earn a living.
We left our home in Los Angeles to move to a farm in Santa Ynez, where I could recuperate. Danny immediately began to work the land and grow a beautiful vineyard with 6,000 vines, that he tended on his own for six years. He toiled long days on the land to make it profitable for our family. He took classes to learn about growing grapes, wines and he became a sommelier. He also studied the business end of it.
Danny has always been against drugs and helped so many friends and colleagues get sober. My husband, who never smoked a joint in his life, has strong feelings about drugs that have never wavered. He tried to shield the younger actors he worked with from such temptations and offered them advice on their careers and in their lives.
Danny is an amazing father. Our daughter and I are heartbroken that he is not home with us. It has been very difficult without him here. Even though he is now in jail, he calls her every day. He helps her with homework every night. He teaches her math with kindness and patience. She is far above grade level in all subjects, reading three grades above her own, and that is thanks to the guidance and attention of her father.
Danny has watched her piano recitals and applauds when she practices in the living room after each song. Our daughter loves her pony on our farm, as well as our dogs and cats. But more than anything, she loves her father. When he calls us each day, she ends with “I love you too much Daddy.”
We need him more than you can imagine. I know he has been convicted of serious crimes. But the man I married has only been an extraordinary husband to me and a devoted father to our daughter.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
Bijou Phillips Masterson