A woman collapsed on the witness stand while providing vivid evidence of a night she said she emerged from unconsciousness to find actor Danny Masterson who raped her.
He is the first of three women to say Masterson raped her in order to testify during his Los Angeles trial. She said at one point she grabbed Masterson’s hair to try to pull him away, but he pushed a pillow in her face.
“I was suffocated,” she said, crying. “I couldn’t breathe.”
She said she later grabbed his throat to try to push him away, but he held her and began choking her.
When asked by the prosecutor what she was thinking at the time, she replied: “That he would kill me. That I would die.”
At this point she was crying. After she said, “I can’t do this,” the judge asked for a short break, and a court victim support attorney comforted her on the witness stand.
When she returned to the witness stand, she testified that when there was a commotion — and voices — at the door, Masterson pulled a gun from a drawer in his bedside table and ordered her to be quiet.
She said she kept passing out throughout the night despite only drinking about half of a fruity vodka drink Masterson gave her.
The then 27-year-old woman was best friends with Masterson’s assistant and part of the same social circle of Church of Scientology members.
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Masterson, 46, who was a star of the sitcom That ’70s Show at the time, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape.
His attorney was scheduled to cross-examine the woman later Wednesday.
A former defense attorney for Masterson claimed the three women misinterpreted consensual sex as rape.
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