Netflix had to make some pretty hard decisions these past few months. The popular streaming service was unfortunately swept up in the "Weinstein Epidemic" when a few actors who starred on their original shows were accused of sexual misconduct and abuse.
Danny Masterson, who starred on the original series, The Ranch, was recently let go due to allegations of rape against him. Following his termination, another member of Netflix was let go, but for a different reason.
Andy Yeatman, director of Kids and Family content, was fired from Netflix on Tuesday evening. Yeatman apparently spoke to one of Masterson's alleged rape accusers and told her the reason why Masterson wasn't fired was that "no one believed her." Netflix has released an official statement regarding Yeatman's termination.
"Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix," a spokesman for the company stated.
The accuser, who has chosen to remain anonymous, spoke with the Huffington Post who published an article retelling her conversation with Yeatman. The accuser stated that she saw Yeatman at a soccer game and confronted him about Netflix's refusal to do something regarding Masterson. Yeatman's response was confirmed by other witnesses who saw the conversation.
At the time, Netflix also confirmed Yeatman's interaction with the victim in a statement.
"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."
Yeatman has not given any statement regarding his termination.
Masterson was fired from The Ranch, which he starred on since season 1, last week after the network had "on-going discussions." The firing came as a shock as the network initially did not have plans to remove Masterson from the show following multiple allegations of rape from four different women.
One of Masterson's alleged victims, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, publicly slammed Netflix for their decision to fire Kevin Spacey, but not Masterson. In a Twitter post, Bixler claimed she went to the authorities and the Church of Scientology for help after Masterson had raped her in the early 2000's.
Bixler said that the Church of Scientology urged her not to go public with her accusations and after filing her report to the police, Masterson was signed on for another season.
Masterson has denied all the claims against him, however, it has been reported that the LAPD is now investigating the said accusations.