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Lisa Marie Presley to testify in 'That '70s Show' actor's rape trial

Wonderwall 10/17/2022 Mark Gray

The prosecution in Danny Masterson's rape trial is turning to some Scientology-linked star power.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, prosecutors released their witness list, and one prominent name stands out: former Scientologist Lisa Marie Presley.

Lisa Marie Presley © Matt Baron/Shutterstock Lisa Marie Presley

According to reports, Elvis Presley's daughter was once close with Danny, who's been a practicing Scientologist for decades.

In court testimony, one of the women — listed as "Jane Doe 1" — brought up Lisa's name. 

"My friend Lisa had someone named Luke who lived and worked with her who was close to Danny … Luke Watson," Jane Doe 1 testified. 

According to The Underground Bunker, Lisa and Luke dated in the past and were part of Danny's inner circle. Jane Doe 1 alleged that Danny sexually assaulted her in a bathroom and begged her not to tell Lisa or anyone else. 

Danny Masterson © Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Danny Masterson

Lisa left the controversial religion in 2014. 

Others on the witness list include Carmen Llywelyn, the ex-wife of "My Name Is Earl" star Jason Lee, Cheryl Ladd's daughter Jordan, famed attorney Marty Singer, and Michael Peña's wife, Brie Shaffer, who was once Danny's personal assistant.

On June 17, 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged the "That '70s Show" star with raping three women in separate incidents in 2001 and 2003 at his Hollywood Hills home. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the DA's office declined to file sexual assault charges against the former "The Ranch" star in two other investigations due to insufficient evidence in one case and because the statute of limitations had passed for the other. Los Angeles police began investigating the actor, who maintains his innocence, in 2017.

If convicted on all charges, the actor — who's also linked to a civil lawsuit — faces 45 years to life behind bars.

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