Rapist That 70s Show star Danny Masterson is moved to maximum security California State Prison that once held Charles Manson, where he will be under constant threat of attack
- Danny Masterson was reportedly recently transferred to a notorious maximum security facility in California
- He was found guilty last May of raping two women in the early 2000s
- Last week, the disgraced TV star was denied bail as his appeal was pending
That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson was moved to a maximum-security facility that was the longtime incarceration of Charles Manson.
The disgraced TV actor was convicted last May of raping two women in the early 2000s.
He was sentenced by a Los Angeles jury in September to 30 years to life behind bars with the possibility of parole for two counts of rape with force, violence or fear of bodily harm.
Since sentencing, Masterson, who was denied bail last week, has been held at North Kern State Prison. He was recently moved to Corcoran State Prison in Central California.
His current location is where he is likely to serve the bulk of a high sentence of at least 30 years.
’70s Show star Danny Masterson has been moved to a maximum-security facility that was the longtime hold of Charles Manson
Built in 1988, Corcoran State Prison in Central California houses some of the state’s most dangerous inmates and has a significant population of Level 4 inmates who require extra protection and/or supervision.
Records indicate the once prominent member of the Church of Scientology will not be eligible for parole until 2042, when the now 42-year-old is 66.
Masterson, who shares a pre-teen daughter with actress Bijou Phillips, is believed to be living in the maximum security prison’s Level 4 housing unit – the highest level of security available at the facility.
In addition to cult leader Manson, Corcoran was also the prison where Sirhan Sirhan, who killed RFK, was held.
Built in 1988, the prison houses some of California’s most dangerous inmates and has a significant population of Level 4 inmates who require extra protection and/or supervision.
If Masterson is still at risk or otherwise shows signs of serious “mental distress,” the prison has a small wing called the Protective Housing Unit for inmates at risk of harm.
Manson infamously spent nearly ten years in Corcoran’s Protective Housing wing.
After Masterson’s sentencing, it was reported that he was under constant surveillance due to possible signs of ‘mental distress’.
Deputies would come to his cell every half hour to check on him ‘for the purpose of monitoring his mental state and making sure he is safe’.
Masterson’s legal team is currently seeking to appeal his conviction.
In addition to cult leader Charles Manson (pictured), Corcoran was also the prison where Sirhan Sirhan, who killed RFK, was held.
Three guard towers along the western perimeter of Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California
Danny Masterson is seen leaving court with his legal team last spring
Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips arrive for court at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse on May 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo said last week that Masterson would remain in custody “likely for decades, and perhaps the rest of his life” if his sentence is upheld on appeal.
The judge, who oversaw his trial and subsequently denied him bail, said he was a flight risk, in part because his now-ex-wife Bijou Phillips filed for divorce after his conviction last year.
The judge’s order reads: ‘In light of the fact that the defendant has no wife to go home to, the defendant now has every incentive to flee and little reason to return to state prison to serve the remainder of serving his long sentence should his appeal be unsuccessful.’
The denial comes after Masterson’s attorneys Clifford Gardner and Eric Multhaup wrote a motion on January 17 asking the court to grant the disgraced actor bail.
Their motion reads: ‘Defendant requests that this Court grant bail on appeal, and offers to comply with any relevant terms and conditions imposed by the Court that enable him to be a stay-at-home parent and financial provider for his family , including house arrest and/or participation in an electronic monitoring program administered by the probation department.’
Following his conviction for the two rapes, Masterson was expelled from the Church of Scientology and declared a ‘suppressive person’ – or ‘SP’ – which the church defines as someone whose behavior seeks to hinder the spiritual progress of those around him.