In March, a Los Angeles Police Department investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Masterson by multiple women in the early 2000s was made public.
Yeatman is said to have told an alleged rape victim, prior to Masterson's dismissal, that Netflix would take no action in the situation, as the company didn't believe their claims, according to The Huffington Post. The network also added, dismissively, that the woman "did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson"-though one might argue she should not have to, and the onus is on Yeatman not to discredit her story regardless of his audience". His removal was the result of a November report from Huffpost that detailed the claims of four women accusing Masterson of sexual assault - one of whom filed a report with the LAPD as recently as 2004.
Mr. Yeatman did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment on Wednesday.
Reportedly, the evidence against Masterson includes audiotapes, emails, and even a letter the actor wrote to one victim threatening her to keep quiet.
Netflix later confirmed the comments, calling them "careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company". But the Hollywood Reporter added that Masterson would still appear in the second half of Season 2, due December 15, and could return for parts of the previously announced third season.
Masterson has denied the allegations, which are now being investigated by The Los Angeles County District Attorney and the LAPD. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. "I will NOT shut my mouth when Netflix tries to make us feel like we don't matter", she told The Daily Beast. The show is one of the most popular shows on Netflix, finishing fifth this year among Netflix shows for the fastest binge-race. Masterson has denied the allegations. "I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one".