Netflix Fires The Executive Who Didn't Believe The Danny Masterson Rape Accusations

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 13, 2017

Andy Yeatman, the Netflix executive who told one of the women who accused The Ranch star Danny Masterson of rape that the company doesn't believe the claims, was sacked Tuesday.

"Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix", a Netflix spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly.

The streaming service ousted Andy Yeatman, the company's director of global kids content, on Monday, according to the Reporter's story Tuesday.

The woman who approached Yeatman at the soccer game didn't initially identify herself as one of Masterson's accusers. The woman told the Huffington Post she approached Yeatman at the game to ask why Netflix had not taken action against the actor, who at the time was starring in the company's series "The Ranch".

Masterson has been accused of rape by at least four women.

Later in the exchange, Masterson's accuser told Yetaman that she and the other women were telling the truth before adding: 'Netflix is going to regret this, this is a mistake, they're going to see'. Yeatman's termination follows a report from Huffpost detailing his encounter with one of Masterson's accusers.

Netflix later confirmed that this exchange did happen, saying Yeatman's remarks 'were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company'. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. "We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur", a Netflix spokesman told HuffPost.

"As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch", now in its second season, Netflix said in a statement.

Masterson still has appearances in the second half of season two, which bows December 15, and could potentially also appear in parts of season three.

Masterson is the latest in a string of individuals accused of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood.

Masterson said he was "very disappointed" with Netflix's decision and reiterated his denial of what he termed "outrageous allegations". Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit, ' Masterson said after being fired. "I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one".

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