Netflix fires exec who said Masterson accusers weren't believable

Carla Harmon
December 13, 2017

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. Yeatman, who coaches a children's soccer team, was approached by a woman, the wife of the coach of the opposing team, who asked him, first, if he worked for Netflix, and when he said yes, then asked why Netflix had not addressed the allegations against Masterson and the pending investigation. Reached by email, Yeatman declined to comment.

Four women claim that Masterson assaulted them in the early 2000s.

During the soccer game, which took place prior to December 5, Victim B asked Yeatman why Netflix hadn't taken any action against Masterson, who is being investigated by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the Los Angeles Police Department. In July, Netflix's comedy series The Ranch-which starred and was co-executive produced by Masterson-was renewed for a third, 20-episode season. Both his daughter and the daughter of one of Masterson's accusers were playing. Netflix soon released a statement to confirm Yeatman's identity and deny that the statements he reportedly made at that game were true when it comes to the company's opinion.


Netflix denied that Yesatman ever made that comment and said in a statement: 'We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur'.

Three of Masterson's accusers were Scientologists at the time of her alleged assault, and at least one was declared a Suppressive Person after filing a police report against the actor.

"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.


Netflix issued a statement last week calling Yeatman's comments "careless, uninformed" and unrepresentative of the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit, ' Masterson said after being fired. Masterson will appear in the second half of season two, which debuts December 15, and could also appear in parts of season three.

'I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.


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