Danny Masterson’s former stepfather claims his children lied about their relationships with the “That ’70s Show” star in an attempt to help their older brother when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for two rapes.
Joe Reaiche said he was shocked when he read letters from his children Alanna and Jordan Masterson to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo asking for clemency for their actor brother, in which they described him as the man who practically raised them when their father He supposedly abandoned them. in them.
“They make it seem like I went out and abandoned them, and Danny was the hero,” Reaiche told the Daily Beast in an article published Sunday. “They were actually making money and I was giving them money.”
Reaiche, a former star rugby player and Scientologist who met Carol Masterson in 1982, disputed his children’s claims that he abandoned them when they were just 6 and 4, noting that his wife did not file for divorce until 1995, meaning that Jordan was nine years old, not six, when they broke up.
Despite the divorce, Reaiche said he remained close to his children over the years, as well as his stepsons, Danny and Christopher Masterson.
“I paid for his summer school at that expensive Scientology school in Oregon, Delphi. It was $5,000 each. And I took them everywhere,” Reaiche stated, estimating that she spent almost $300,000 on her two children between 1995 and 2005.
Danny Masterson’s former stepfather Joe Reaiche claimed his children lied about their relationship with the convicted rapist to help him before his sentencing. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for COS
Reaiche said his children Alanna and Jordan Masterson made it seem like he abandoned the family in his letter. Tony Ortega / Youtube
Reaiche told the outlet that he also played a leading role in helping his children’s acting careers, as they followed in Masterson’s footsteps after he landed a role on the hit Fox comedy in 1998.
Alanna would be in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Jordan in the comedy “Last Man Standing.”
During the height of Masterson’s fame on “That ’70s Show,” Reaiche claimed he helped his stepson get a mortgage for their Hollywood home, the same home where the actor would be accused of raping his victims in 2003.
It wasn’t until 2005 that the family broke up completely following Reaiche’s excommunication from the Church of Scientology, he told the Daily Beast.
Masterson and his wife Bijou Phillips walk to court on May 16, 2023. Masterson was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Reaiche claimed that he remained close to his children and stepchildren after his divorce. instagram
After he was kicked out of the church, the heartbroken father said he could not speak to his children, who were told he was considered a “repressive person” with whom they should not have contact, and has not heard from them since. so.
By then, Jordan was 19 and Alanna was 17, a far cry from the young children they described themselves in their letter to the judge.
“If they had said our parents divorced when we were 9 and 7, that would be one thing. But they say I left like I abandoned them,” he told the Daily Beast. “It’s nonsense. “They themselves commit perjury.”
Reaiche said his relationship with his family broke down after his excommunication from the Church of Scientology in 2005. Instagram
In addition to praising Masterson as their father figure, Jordan and Alanna also portrayed him as a prominent anti-drug activist.
Masterson, 47, was accused in particular of drugging two of his victims to rape them.
The brothers’ letter endorsing Masterson was echoed by fellow “That ’70s Show” cast members Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, who praised their co-star as a “positive influence.”
All of the letters were written knowing that Masterson, accused of violent rapes, would receive between 15 and 30 years behind bars.
The Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.