Convicted rapist Danny Masterson’s wife Bijou Phillips is ‘treating his guilty verdict like a death’ and has been left inconsolable over the prospect of her husband going to jail – and leaving her to raise their daughter alone in ‘catastrophic’ circumstances.
A Los Angeles jury found That 70s Show star Danny, 47, guilty on two of three counts of rape on Wednesday – a verdict that saw his 43-year-old wife breaking down in tears as it was read out in court.
Now, a source close to the couple has revealed Bijou’s ‘devastation’ over her husband’s demise, telling DailyMail.com that she was ‘convinced he was telling the truth and that the jury would agree’.
‘Bijou is treating the results of the trial against her husband as a death,’ the insider disclosed. ‘The devastation and reality of it all are at a level that you’d never even imagine.’
Bijou Phillips, 43, is pictured leaving the courthouse on May 31, 2023, after her husband Danny Masterson, 47, was convicted on two counts of rape
Bijou ‘was convinced [her husband] was telling the truth and that the jury would agree,’ a source told DailyMail.com. The couple is pictured arriving at court to hear the jury’s verdict
Bijou and Masterson share 8-year-old daughter Fianna
Masterson looked stunned as jurors delivered their unanimous verdicts on two of the three charges, before he was handcuffed and taken to the cells, having been denied bail by the judge.
According to the insider, his wife was equally horrified by the jury’s decision, having ‘convinced’ herself that they would find her husband innocent.
‘She’s had Danny’s back through this whole process and never thought this would be the result,’ the source continued. ‘She was convinced he was telling the truth and that the jury would agree.’
Masterson now faces up to 30 years in jail when he is sentenced and the friend of the couple noted that Bijou ‘can’t make sense of’ what her life – and that of their eight-year-old daughter, Fianna – will look like if he is locked away behind bars for all those years.
‘Her life has completely changed knowing that her husband and the father of their daughter Fianna may be in jail for the rest of his life,’ they said. ‘It is to Bijou something that is catastrophic to her current way of life. She can’t even make sense of it.’
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Masterson and Bijou for comment.
The verdicts on Wednesday came on the eighth day of jury deliberations. Jurors found him guilty of raping victims Jane Doe One and Jane Doe Two.
On the third charge of raping Jane Doe Three, the jury was ‘hopelessly deadlocked’ at eight in favor of guilty and four in favor of not guilty.
The couple began dating in 2004. They’re pictured embracing in September of that year
The couple wed in 2011 during an intimate ceremony at a castle in Ireland
Masterson’s attorney, Philip Cohen, argued that his client should be allowed to remain on bail, wearing an electronic monitor and being kept on 24-hour house arrest.
But the judge rejected his plea, saying that Masterson’s offenses were ‘serious and violent felonies’ and called him a ‘potential flight risk.’
Bijou and Masterson are both Scientologists, and their faith featured heavily in the trial – with all three accusers testifying that the reason they took so long to report the actor to the police is out of fear of retribution from the Church of Scientology.
Phillips, an actress and former socialite whose Manhattan antics with the Hilton sisters made for tabloid gold, was inconsolable as her husband was led away in handcuffs – and was ordered by the judge to ‘maintain her composure’ or leave the courtroom.
The couple’s relationship dates back to 2004, when the pair met at a poker tournament in Las Vegas.
The That 70s Show star proposed to Bijou in 2009, and the pair tied the knot during an intimate ceremony at an Irish castle in 2011.
Masterson was raised in a Scientologist family, and ultimately persuaded Bijou to also join the controversial church, which has long been likened to a cult.
The actor’s legal woes date back to 2003, when a woman – also a Scientologist – filed a police report alleging that Masterson had raped her the year prior. However, when other Scientologists gave accounts that seemed to contradict her narrative, the case was closed.
Fast-forward to March 2017, when Scientology watchdog The Underground Bunker reported that the LAPD had reopened their investigation, prompted by a second woman filing a report that Masterson had raped her in 2001.
The allegations gained even more traction in the public sphere amid the uproar at the outset of #MeToo by fall of 2017.
In December 2017, Netflix announced that the streaming giant had fired Masterson from The Ranch, a sitcom starring his former That 70s Show castmate Ashton Kutcher.
A month later, United Talent Agency also cut ties with Masterson.
In total, four women came forward alleging that Masterson had raped them in the early aughts – in the years immediately preceding the beginning of his relationship with Bijou.
In June 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officially charged Masterson with three counts of rape.
Yesterday’s verdict found Masterson guilty on all but one of those charges, and deadlocked on the third.