Netflix bosses have fired Andy Yeatman after he told one of Danny Masterson’s sexual assault accusers that executives didn’t believe the claims against the actor.
The former That ’70s Show star was hit with allegations for rape by four women back in March (17), and Netflix bosses came under pressure to fire him from their sitcom The Ranch after they sacked Kevin Spacey from House of Cards following allegations of sexual abuse in November (17).
Netflix announced they were writing Masterson out of the show last week (ends10Dec17), a day after one of the actor’s alleged victims, who remains anonymous, told HuffPost she had a conversation with Yeatman, Netflix’s director of global kids content, at the sidelines of a children’s soccer game and he told her that Netflix authorities did not believe the accusers, unaware that she was one of them.
At the time, a spokesman for the streaming service branded Yeatman’s comments “careless” and “uninformed” and not representative of the company, and he has now been let go.
“Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix,” they confirmed in a statement.
After Netflix bosses announced he was being written out of the show, Masterson issued a statement expressing his disappointment with their decision.
“From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” he said. “Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.”
He will still appear in the second half of season two, which is due to be released on the streaming service on Friday. It is also thought he may return for an appearance in season three while they write him out, according to The Hollywood Reporter.