Woman who alleges rape by Danny Masterson delivers emotional testimony over four days in the Supreme Court in Toronto September 17, 2007. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The father of a teenager who accuses former porn star-turned-reality TV star Danny Masterson of rape said on Friday evening that he had not seen his son’s videotape of the encounter.
“I do not believe my son saw the video,” Brian Green said in an emotional speech at court for his son, whom he says is a victim of rape.
Green spoke of the “harrowing” experience his son, 21, had with Masterson and said “in my heart, I feel this is a legitimate victim.”
During the four-day hearing, Masterson’s attorneys argued that the alleged attack never happened.
The lawyer for the teen, who has not used the name of the victim in public, said the alleged assault was part of a “well conceived, well designed” plan to have people believe the teen was drugged and could not remember what Masterson did to him.
The lawyer for the teen said there was a motive for Masterson to make it appear to be a sex attack but that it was also a way to avoid a jury trial.
Masterson, 41, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of raping the alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Masterson was arrested in May 2007 in Florida on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He is set to be released on bail this weekend. A trial is set for Aug. 23.
The teen testified in court on Friday, saying he had been attacked with a pole by Masterson after they had consensual sex in the master bedroom of Masterson’s home on the evening of Aug. 8, 2007, and the next morning he had no memory of the alleged assault.
The teen testified that he believed he and Masterson were having consensual sex but Masterson pushed him over on his stomach and told him to get on his knees and remove his pants. The alleged victim said Masterson