Bijou Phillips’ letter of assist for estranged husband Danny Masterson — which she wrote throughout his rape trial — is elevating extra eyebrows now that she’s filed for divorce.
Masterson, who married Phillips in October 2011, was convicted of two counts of rape in Could for crimes he dedicated twenty years prior. Whereas the jury didn’t attain a verdict on the third rape allegation, Masterson, 47, was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail on September 7.
Masterson has maintained his innocence all through the case — and Phillips, 43, has been by his aspect each step the best way. In reality, Phillips was considered one of many character witnesses who penned a letter to the choose in hopes of lessening Masterson’s jail time. “I can say that Danny has actually been a life-saving companion to me,” she wrote within the message obtained by The Underground Bunker.
Phillips proceeded to look again on the early days of her marriage to Masterson and their partnership elevating their daughter, Fianna, who was born in February 2014.
“I relied on Danny to care for me and our daughter. I at all times felt that she can be OK as a result of Danny is an incredible father,” she defined. “He was dedicated to our daughter, would learn her books, take her on walks and to ballet classes. I by no means as soon as heard him complain. The 2 had been inseparable.”
Phillips famous that even after Masterson was accused of sexual abuse again in 2017 — and subsequently fired from The Ranch — he “devoted himself to discovering different methods to earn a residing.”
She revealed that after the trio moved to a farm in Santa Ynez, California, Masterson “toiled lengthy days on the land to make it worthwhile for our household.”
Phillips praised her partner for “at all times” being “towards medication” and serving to “so many buddies and colleagues get sober.” She famous that Masterson “by no means wavered” on his stance towards substance abuse and “tried to defend the youthful actors he labored with from such temptations and supplied them recommendation on their careers and of their lives.”
Along with serving to his coworkers, Phillips known as Masterson “an incredible father,” confessing that each she and their daughter had been “heartbroken” that he was “not house” with them.
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“It has been very tough with out him right here. Though he’s now in jail, he calls her day by day. He helps her with homework each evening. He teaches her math with kindness and persistence,” Phillips wrote. “She is way above grade stage in all topics, studying three grades above her personal, and that’s because of the steering and a focus of her father. Danny has watched her piano recitals and applauds when she practices in the lounge after every music.”
Phillips concluded: “We want him greater than you’ll be able to think about. I do know he has been convicted of significant crimes. However the man I married has solely been a rare husband to me and a loyal father to our daughter.”
Regardless of expressing a need for Masterson to return house, Phillips jumped ship as soon as he was sentenced to 3 many years in jail for his crimes. Us Weekly confirmed on Tuesday, September 19, that Phillips filed for divorce after almost 12 years of marriage.
Masterson, in the meantime, plans to attraction his sentence, in accordance with his legal professional Shawn Holley. “The errors which occurred on this case are substantial and sadly, led to verdicts which aren’t supported by the proof,” Holley claimed to reporters earlier this month. “And although we’ve nice respect for the jury on this case and for our system of justice general, generally they get it incorrect. And that’s what occurred right here.”
Nevertheless, the probabilities that Masterson will have the ability to win his attraction is very unlikely. “[Danny’s] legal professional stated that he didn’t do it, however you usually can’t attraction a jury verdict when it’s a query of truth,” legal professional Neama Rahmani, who shouldn’t be concerned in Masterson’s case, completely informed Us in September. “So, [does the jury] consider Danny Masterson [or] do they consider the victims? And on this specific case, they consider two of the victims.”