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Danny Masterson’s Wife Bijou Phillips Files for Divorce After Rape Sentence – The Hollywood Reporter

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Bijou Phillips has filed for divorce from Danny Masterson lower than two weeks after the actor was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail for the rapes of two girls in 2003.

The submitting, submitted on Monday in Santa Barbara, caught many off guard as there was a stream of headlines following Masterson’s sentencing that steered Phillips would stand by her husband as she had all through his years-long authorized battles.

“Ms. Phillips has decided to file for divorce from her husband during this unfortunate time. Her priority remains with her daughter. This period has been unimaginably hard on the marriage and the family. Mr. Masterson was always present for Ms. Phillips during her most difficult times of her life. Ms. Phillips acknowledges that Mr. Masterson is a wonderful father to their daughter,” Phillips’ lawyer Peter Lauzon tells The Hollywood Reporter in an announcement.

Masterson was sentenced on Sept. 7 to 30 years to life in jail for the rapes of two former members of the Church of Scientology at his Hollywood Hills residence within the early 2000s. Throughout the trial, the ladies described in graphic element violent assaults after they have been served drinks that rapidly disoriented them.

Masterson — who can be eligible for parole in roughly 25 years, when he’s 72 years previous — has denied the accusations. Shawn Holley, a lawyer representing him, mentioned the actor will enchantment the conviction as a result of a “number of significant evidentiary and constitutional issues.”

Information of the divorce submitting was first reported by TMZ.

Masterson and Phillips dated for eight years earlier than marrying at a fort in Eire in 2011. They share a daughter who was born in 2014. They collaborated professionally as nicely, as soon as sharing the display collectively in 2009’s Made for Every Different, an unbiased movie that additionally starred Danny’s brother, actor Christopher Masterson.

Phillips, the daughter of the late Mamas and the Papas frontman John Phillips, has labored as an actress, mannequin and singer. After her husband was sentenced, a supply instructed Individuals that whereas Phillips “has had a very difficult time” since he was convicted, a break up was not anticipated. “She loves Danny and has no plans to file for divorce. She will be by his side for it all.”

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