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Bijou Phillips: Danny Masterson Requests Custody for Minor Daughter Fianna (9) in Divorce

Bijou Phillips and Masterson Divorce Filing

Danny Masterson replies to Bijou Phillips‘ initial divorce filing by submitting documents at the Barbara CourtHouse.

The 47-year-old actor requested a divorce based on ‘irreconcilable differences’ in the documents. Additionally, Masterson, 43, has requested physical and legal custody of their 9-year-old daughter Fianna.

Masterson’s Legal Impact on Divorce

In September, the ‘That ’70s Show’ actor was sentenced to 30 years in prison at the age of 47, following allegations of forced sexual assault in May and two more charges 30 years later. Bijou Phillips filed for divorce just two weeks after the sentencing, along with a request for Masterson to meet their daughter.

The divorce attorney for the celebrity couple, Christopher C. Melcher of Walzer Melcher and Yuda, notes that Masterson’s response will ultimately determine the final decision regarding the arrangements of their child.

Divorce and Custody Status

Melcher explained, “According to Danny’s response, he is comfortable with granting Bijou visitation with their child as per the court’s instructions, but a final decision is yet to be made until there’s been a hearing or settlement.”

Custody Status
Custody Status

“It’s not surprising that Bijou will be in sole custody given that Danny is serving a lengthy prison sentence and can only see the child when they visit him in jail. I assume both parties will request court approval for the resolution of all matters.”

Furthermore, Bijou Phillips and actor Genevieve Waite, who is the daughter of Jon Phillips and singer John Phillips, have also filed documents requesting spousal support in the divorce proceedings.

Masterson’s Legal Saga

Masterson initially faced a sentence of up to 45 years for three incidents of forcible rape, which took place between 2001 and 2003 at his Hollywood Hills home.

During the trial for the case, Bijou Phillips was present, and before Masterson was led away to serve his sentence, he was seen giving her a kiss.

When Masterson was sentenced earlier this year for sexual assault, his initial case lasted less than six months from its November initiation.

After the sentencing, Masterson’s legal team announced their intention to appeal the court’s decision.

Bijou Phillips Stands by Masterson

“Danny and I have been together for 19 years. We tied the knot in 2011, and our lovely daughter entered the world in 2014. She’s been a bright spot in many years of crisis and uncertainty,” Bijou Phillips wrote in a heartfelt statement in support of her husband after his sentencing.

Bijou Phillips Stands by Masterson
Bijou Phillips Stands by Masterson

“I can say that Danny has been a lifesaver for me.”

The “Ranch” actor was faced with a second lawsuit when his first case was less than six months from ending in November.

Scientology Church’s Statement

Commenting on the sentence, the Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a member, referred to the same statement he provided during the case.

The statement reads, “The Church has no policy that prohibits or attempts to intimidate any member from reporting criminal conduct of any kind – whether against scientists or others – to law enforcement agencies.” 

“On the contrary, the Church insists on compliance with all laws of the land. All allegations are completely untrue. There is no evidence to support such malicious allegations. The Church opposes harassing anyone. It has been terminated.”

Conclusion

The divorce proceedings between Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips have taken a new turn. Masterson, facing a 30-year prison sentence due to sexual assault allegations, is requesting custody of their 9-year-old daughter Fiana. The court is yet to decide on visitation rights, and both parties seek spousal support. The Church of Scientology’s involvement and Phillips’ emotional support for her husband add complexity to the situation. This legal drama continues to unfold.

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