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SCIENTOLOG­IST Danny Master­son at­tended an event to com­bat sex­ual ex­ploita­tion at a church-spon­sored event years af­ter the re­li­gion’s lead­ers were told he’d been ac­cused of rape, sources told The Na­tional EN­QUIRER! With the ac­tor fac­ing up to life in prison af­ter re­cently be­ing charged with three counts of rape, sources have told The EN­QUIRER church of­fi­cials al­legedly brushed off two fe­male Scien­tol­o­gists who re­ported he’d sex­u­ally as­saulted them!

“This is an al­leged preda­tor who was pre­sented as a hu­man­i­tar­ian!” Scien­tol­ogy critic Jef­frey Au­gus­tine said.

Chrissie Car­nell Bixler claimed she told Scien­tol­ogy lead­ers Master­son, now 44, raped her be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber 2001. At the time, she was 23 and dat­ing the former “That ’70s Show” star.

In a pub­lished state­ment, she said a church ethics of­fi­cer told her: “Danny Master­son is a celebrity. He flour­ishes and pros­pers in life. You pro­tect that and re­ward that.”

Another wo­man has claimed the ac­tor raped her in April 2003. She re­ported the in­ci­dent to Los An­ge­les police in 2004, but af­ter nu­mer­ous af­fi­davits from Scien­tol­ogy coun­ter­ing her claims, cops stopped the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, the probe was re­opened in 2017.

De­spite the scan­dal, Master­son ap­peared at the church-spon­sored Hu­man Rights Hero Awards in L.A. in March 2014.

The event was pro­duced and hosted by the Foun­da­tion for a Slav­ery Free World and Youth for Hu­man Rights In­ter­na­tional, which sources said is linked to the church. Master­son spoke

from the podium at the event, pro­moted as rais­ing aware­ness about

“the com­mer­cial sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren.”

He also ap­peared at a Scien­tol­ogy fundraiser for the

LAPD Police Ath­letic

League’s youth pro­grams at its

Celebrity Cen­tre in

De­cem­ber 2013.

Scien­tol­ogy re­sponded to The

EN­QUIRER say­ing the church spon­sors thou­sands of char­ity events world­wide to

“com­bat drug abuse, in­crease morals and to end racism.”

In ad­di­tion to the crim­i­nal charges,

Master­son and the

Church of Scien­tol­ogy have been slapped with a civil law­suit ac­cus­ing them of ha­rass­ing Chrissie, her hus­band, and three other women af­ter they went to police about the rape al­le­ga­tions.

Both Scien­tol­ogy and Master­son deny all the civil charges. A lawyer for Master­son has de­nied the rape charges against him and in­sists he will be cleared in court. Scien­tol­ogy of­fi­cials said the church does not com­ment on pend­ing crim­i­nal ac­tions.

Danny faces a sen­tence of 45 years to life in prison if con­victed

Chrissie Bixler dated the ac­tor from 1996 un­til 2001

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