Evansville woman accuses actor Danny Masterson of rape, issues statement to Eyewitness News


An Evansville woman is the fifth woman to publicly accuse actor Danny Masterson of rape.

Bobette Riales wrote on her Twitter account, “I stayed quiet long enough. Danny Masterson repeatedly raped me. All I seek is justice and to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else as it has for some time. My truth will be heard.”

She included the popular hashtag “Me too,” as many victims of alleged sexual assault have been posting on social media.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, Riales says

“I dated Danny Masterson in the early 2000s and during that time he raped me repeatedly. With the exception of an interview with LAPD and the Los Angeles District Attorneys office, I have stayed silent for fourteen years about what Danny did to me. I feel compelled to speak out now to support women who have bravely shared their stories. I will say more when the time is right. My hand was forced with my name being outed so now so I addressed in the same social media I was outed in. Thank you for concern and support and I ask to respect my privacy at this time…”

PEOPLE magazine and other media outlets have posted about Riales’ accusation.

Several media outlets identify Riales as Masterson’s ex-girlfriend. The two were photographed posing together at several red carpet events.

PEOPLE says a rep for Masterson, who is known for his role on “That ’70s Show,” did not respond to a request for comment.  The star previously denied all allegations brought against him.

Riales is a 36-year-old model, actress, businesswoman, and mother.  It’s reported that Riales owns a fashion company and a food truck in Evansville. 

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(This story was originally published on December 21, 2017)

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