Netflix Exec Out After Telling Danny Masterson Accuser ‘We Don’t Believe’ Misconduct Claims

Streaming giant later called comments by former Global Kids Content director Andy Yeatman “careless” and “uninformed,”

Last Updated: December 12, 2017 @ 6:54 PM

The Netflix executive who said the company doesn’t believe rape accusations against “The Ranch” star Danny Masterson is no longer with the company.

On Tuesday, a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap that Andy Yeatman, former director of global kids content, “is no longer employed at Netflix.”

Yeatman was approached in early December by a woman who wanted to know why Netflix had taken no action against Masterson. According to the Huffington Post, Yeatman told the woman, later identified as one of Masterson’s accusers, that “we don’t believe” the claims.

Netflix said Yeatman was not aware he was speaking to one of the accusers, but said his comments were “careless” and “uninformed.” The company also said that in his position, Yeatman would have no knowledge of decision-making about Masterson or “The Ranch.”

Shortly after the Huffington Post piece was published, Masterson was fired from “The Ranch,” and Netflix announced he would be written out of the show’s fourth season, which resumes production in January. Masterson denied “the outrageous allegations” and said in a statement that he was “disappointed” by the decision.

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In March, three women told the Los Angeles Police Department that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s.

The accusers said they came into contact with Masterson through the Church of Scientology, and were pressured into keeping the allegations quiet by the Church, according to a report from Tony Ortega, a journalist who runs an anti-Scientology website called The Underground Bunker.

A fourth accuser came forward later, though by then the LAPD investigation into Masterson had “stalled,” per Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali. The cops would not approve that complaint, Ali wrote.

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