Netflix fires exec who reportedly claimed not to believe Danny Masterson’s rape accusers

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On Monday, Netflix fired Andy Yeatman, the executive who reportedly discounted the women who accused actor Danny Masterson of rape in early December, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix,” a Netflix spokesperson confirmed in a statement to The Verge.

The firing comes about a week after a Huffington Post report detailed Yeatman’s interaction with one of Masterson’s accusers at a children’s soccer game in Los Angeles. Yeatman was reportedly approached by a woman who asked why Netflix hadn’t yet fired Masterson, given the multiple rape allegations against him. According to The Huffington Post, Yeatman responded, “We don’t believe them.” He later claimed that he couldn’t make any decisions regarding Masterson’s employment.

In a statement to The Huffington Post at the time, Netflix confirmed Yeatman’s remarks, saying, “Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed, and do not represent the views of the company.”

Last week, a few days after the Huffington Post report, Netflix announced that Masterson’s character would be written out of its comedy series The Ranch, on which Masterson is also an executive producer. Masterson will still appear in the second half of The Ranch’s second season, plus several season 3 episodes. Netflix hasn’t confirmed whether Masterson will lose his production role.

Masterson has been accused of rape by at least four women. The case is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, though it has reportedly stalled in part due to Masterson’s affiliation with Scientology. Masterson has denied the allegations.

Earlier this year, Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from House of Cards due to accusations of sexual harassment, and cut ties with Louis CK after he admitted to sexual misconduct.

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Didn’t represent the views of Netflix? Bullshit. Or why didnt they get rid of masterson before all that? This guy, who wasnt involved in masterson’s show and had no influence over his relationship with netflix, got scapegoated for saying out loud what netflix was saying with their actions. Dunno if he can sue but I hope so.

So you know so much about this case where is your story and why are we learning about it now when you had all the answers before this? You are as bad as this guy was. Stop inflating your own importance and claiming you know all.

Yes. Such an important person that I read the huffington post….netflix issued a statement, sorry you missed it. But maybe you use unfounded outrage based on lack of knowledge of current events as a way to kick up your heart rate and thus avoid cardio. Overly quick judgement and internet outrage is the new jazzercise.

JB you really have no clue do you?

Why is this NOW coming out? Not like he supposedly raped them all at once.

Also to add, he is a Scientologist. For all we know, they did report it and the Scientology mafia swept the accusations under the carpet.

Not sure why a Netflix fired Andy Yeatman just because some women accused someone else of RAPE.

Again, something you would know if you lived on earth. Any person working for any company can have their own opinions made to be represented by the company itself. Its why on twitter and facebook you see company employees saying things like "the opinions are my own and do not represent the company." He got fired because as a high level executive that represents a large company he gave an opinion on a very touchy subject. Most people know not to do this. Why? Because media and people will spin it to make it sound like his or her views are the companies views, and thats bad PR folks.

He obviously did represent the views of the company because if they did believe them, they would have fired him.

I get that not all RAPE victims report. But this is 4 people, and all at once these 4 people are coming out and saying RAPE. Clearly, you seem like an idiot. Scientologist has nothing to do with it. The Police are not going to do anything just because he’s a Scientologist. You clearly don’t live in this universe.

A high-level executive few people know of. Did what? Not fire someone that hasn’t committed a crime? Lots of people get accused of things they never did. Did this guy go on twitter or facebook and say a single thing about this? Not that I know of. Defending a person who hasn’t been convicted of a crime is not a bad thing. The guy hasn’t even been charged with a single thing yet.

What country are you living in, North Korea? Guilty until proven innocent? Catch a clue fool.

I don’t know how in your mind 4 people coming forward with allegations somehow makes their allegations less credible, but you also have a poor grasp of the fact here. The 2nd victim reported the crime to the police in 2004 and the Church of Scientology sent dozens of members to discredit her and call her a liar. The other 3 victims reported their rapes to the Church of Scientology and were threatened with being labeled "suppressive" people. So Scientology has a lot to do with this.

As for Andy Yeatman being fired, he created a lot of bad press for Netflix with his reckless comments. That’s enough for anyone to get fired from their job. The company was already get bad press for not dealing with Masterson, the last thing they wanted is someone mouthing off to a rape victim

One of actor Danny Masterson’s alleged sexual assault victims says a Netflix executive told her this weekend that higher-ups at the company don’t believe the four women who have accused Masterson of rape.

The company confirmed in a statement that Yeatman told Victim B that Netflix executives didn’t believe the four women accusing Masterson of rape.

"While he was coaching a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman ― a Netflix kids’ programming executive ― was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson," the statement read.

So did Yeatman actually say "WE don’t believe them" or did he say "THEY don’t believe them"? Either way, this guy was railroaded hard on this one by the unnamed executive scumbags at the top.

Scientology using their web to protect this man, sick fucks

Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

Still exists…in the legal system. Which is why masterson is not in jail.

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