Danny Masterson’s spouse Bijou Phillips has filed for divorce, lower than two weeks after he was sentenced to 30 years in jail for rape.
Masterson, 47, was put behind bars final week – three months after he was discovered responsible of sexually assaulting two ladies in 2003. His spouse Bijou, 43, was by his aspect by way of the trial.
Bijou – who wed the actor in 2011 and shares nine-year-old daughter Fianna with him – filed divorce papers on Monday in a California court docket, TMZ reported.
The pair began courting in 2004 after assembly at a poker event in Las Vegas, and so they acquired engaged in 2009 earlier than saying ‘I do’ at a marriage ceremony inside a fortress in Eire in 2011.
Danny Masterson ‘s spouse Bijou Phillips has filed for divorce, lower than two weeks after he was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail for rape. (Pictured: the couple arriving collectively at court docket for his trial)
Masterson, 47, was put behind bars final week – three months after he was discovered responsible of sexually assaulting two ladies in 2003, and his spouse Bijou, 43, was by his aspect by way of the trial
Masterson blew Bijou a kiss within the court docket room when he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars
Masterson had two trials. His first, six months earlier, resulted in a mistrial after a special jury had been hopelessly deadlocked on all three rape fees.
He was freed on a $3.3million bail all through each, however that freedom ended together with his double conviction on Might 31.
The actor has been locked up within the infamous Males’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles since then.
Bijou, who had faithfully stood by her husband of 12 years all through his two sexual assault trials, was consoled by brother-in-law Jordan Masterson following the sentencing final week.
Her lawyer Peter A. Lauzon stated the case has been ‘unimaginably laborious on the wedding and the household’.
‘Ms. Phillips has determined to file for divorce from her husband throughout this unlucky time,’ Lauzon stated in a press release seen by TMZ.
‘Her precedence stays together with her daughter. This era has been unimaginably laborious on the wedding and the household.
‘Mr. Masterson was all the time current for Ms. Phillips throughout her most tough occasions of her life.
‘Ms. Phillips acknowledges that Mr. Masterson is a superb father to their daughter.’
Phillips’ lawyer Peter A. Lauzon stated the case has been ‘unimaginably laborious on the wedding and the household’
Father daughter: The couple share one little one collectively, a nine-year-old daughter referred to as Fianna Francis
Phillips started sobbing in court docket as her husband, and the daddy of her younger daughter, was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the rape of two ladies
Previously a faithful spouse, she accompanied Masterson to his court docket circumstances in a present of solidarity for the now-disgraced actor.
Seeming to consider his protestations of innocence, she even despatched a letter to Los Angeles Superior Court docket Decide Charlaine Olmedo begging for leniency forward of his sentencing.
In her letter, obtained by DailyMail.com, Phillips claimed Masterson was a ‘life-saving’ accomplice who devoted himself to farming to assist his household when the accusations about him began to emerge and he misplaced his appearing profession.
She additionally famous Masterson’s aversion to medication – a standard precept of Scientology – and his obvious dedication to serving to younger actors escape the downfalls of wealth and fame.
However as she heard the heartbreaking testimonies of his victims in court docket in a harrowing trial, Phillips appears to have reconsidered her marriage.
The victims, identified to the court docket as Jane Doe #1, #2 and #3, centered not solely on the disturbing particulars of the sexual assaults but additionally described how they had been intimidated and pushed from their neighborhood because the church of Scientology punished them for talking up in opposition to the That 70s Present’s star.
Whereas Masterton was convicted of raping the primary two, the jury was deadlocked over a 3rd cost for the rape of Jane Doe #3, who’s his ex-girlfriend Chrissie Carnell-Bixler.
Phillips wore a big pair of darkish glasses at factors through the testimonies to cover her feelings
New future: Bijou is coming to phrases with the prospect of elevating her little one alone
Phillips wore a big pair of darkish glasses at factors through the testimonies to cover her feelings.
Masterson didn’t react to his sentencing – however he blew Phillips a kiss as he was escorted to the slammer.
However Phillips sobbed as she sat amid a grim group of Scientology family and friends members within the public gallery. At one level, she held a handkerchief as much as her face.
An in depth buddy revealed to DailyMail.com on the time that Phillips felt ‘like she is grieving a loss of life’ as she awaited her husband’s sentencing.
‘At present Bijou is circling the drain and is full of all of the emotion and no emotion in any respect,’ they stated.
‘She is a shell of who she has been. She is basically making an attempt to be sturdy for her daughter as she is making an attempt to determine life and what it is going to be like for her.
‘It could possibly solely be in comparison with a divorce or a loss of life for her not having the ability to be with Danny the way in which they had been.’