Netflix executive fired after saying company didn’t believe Danny Masterson accusers

  • Bill Keveney
  • USA TODAY
10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 Atlanta News

A Netflix executive is out of a job in the aftermath of comments he reportedly made to a woman who has accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault.          

Andy Yeatman, director of children's content, lost his job after news reports of an encounter last week in which he allegedly told the woman that Netflix didn't believe Masterson's accusers.

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Netflix confirmed Yeatman's departure, issuing a brief statement Tuesday to USA Today: “Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix.” The streaming service would not answer any other questions related to Yeatman or last week's incident.         

Netflix last week fired Masterson from its comedy series, “The Ranch,” amid multiple sexual assault allegations.         

“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’ " now in its second season, Netflix said in a statement. The streaming service said production would resume next year without him.         

Masterson said he was "very disappointed" with Netflix's decision and reiterated his denial of what he termed "outrageous allegations."         

"Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one," Masterson said in a statement.          

In a Huffington Post story last week, an anonymous Masterson accuser said Yeatman told her that company executives did not believe the women who accused Masterson of sexual assault. The interaction reportedly occurred at a children's soccer game in Los Angeles.         

Netflix confirmed the incident in a statement to HuffPost, saying that Yeatman did not know the woman was one of Masterson's accusers when he first spoke to her.          

The streaming service's statement said: “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. Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on “The Ranch.” We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”

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