Danny Masterson Ousted from Netflix show, 'The Ranch' Actor Denies Rape Claims

12/5/2017 5:50 AM PST

Danny Masterson Ousted from Netflix show, 'The Ranch,' Actor Denies Rape Claims (UPDATE)

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3:29 PM PT -- A rep for the Church of Scientology tells TMZ, "The Church adamantly denies that it ever ignores any allegations of criminal behavior, especially at the expense of alleged victims. What is being stated is utterly untrue. This has nothing to do with religion. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. Any statement or implication to the contrary is false."

Actor Danny Masterson has been booted from "The Ranch," Netflix just announced, because of multiple rape allegations, but the actor vehemently denies the claims.

Netflix says his last day of filming was Monday. Four women claim Masterson raped them and the LAPD is currently investigating at least one incident. One woman filed a police report in 2004 saying Masterson raped her when she was unconscious. Three other women -- all Scientologists -- also claim they were raped but that the Church intimidated them out of coming forward.

Masterson tells TMZ, "I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix's decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit."

Masterson goes on ... "I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused."

He goes on to express gratitude to the cast and crew.