Who is Bijou Philips? Danny Masterson's wife hears victim testify how 'That '70s Show' actor drugged, raped her
'That 70s Show' star and Scientologist Danny Masterson has been accused of raping a woman who also belonged to the Church of Scientology. The rape trial is currently being held at a criminal court in downtown Los Angeles. The victim was present at the trial and testified about the incident.
Masterson, on the other hand, came to the trial with his wife actor Bijou Philips. The victim, identified as 46-year-old Jennifer B (her full name has been withheld), had to testify about the incident in Philips' presence. Jennifer B said that Masterson had initially plied her with a "fruity drink" followed by which he put her in a jacuzzi. She then said that he had carried her to his bed where he had forced himself on her even as she tried to stop him.
Jennifer also said that Masterson pointed a gun at her and told her, "Don't say a f***ng word. You're not going to tell anybody." The victim also stated that she had approached the Church to get permission to report the incident, however, the biggies inside the Church felt that Masterson was a "member in good standing".
They also allegedly told her not to talk about the incident to outsiders because that could mean her being cut off and shunned by the members of the church, including her friends as well.
Who is Bijou Philips?
Bijou Philips is also an actor, model, and singer. She is the daughter of John Phillips and Geneviève Waïte. She made her singing debut with 'I'd Rather Eat Glass' in 1999. Her first breakthrough film also came out in 1999 -- 'Black and White'. Philips married Danny Masterson in 2011. Masterson has also been accused of rape and sexual assault by Chrissie Carnell-Bixler, the wife of The Mars Volta and At The Drive In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala.
Carnell-Bixler is one of the four women who had called out Masterson for sexual assault in addition to filing a lawsuit against him in August 2020. The four women had said that they were drugged, raped, and sexually assaulted by the actor in the early 2000s.
While Masterson did not respond to the allegations directly but his lawyer released a statement to say, "Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year-old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed. But they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out."
The 45-year-old Masterson has pleaded not guilty to charges against him that he raped three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. The hearing held on May 18 was a preliminary hearing for the three charges that the actor is currently facing. Masterson even made an Instagram post about how Philips was the one to drop him off at the courthouse.
The preliminary trial will decide if the actor will stand trial on the three charges and, it is expected to last four days.