Conan O’Brien warned Danny Masterson — albeit jokingly — that he would be “caught soon” in an uncomfortable clip resurfaced on social media after the actor was jailed for rape.
Masterson, best known for his role as Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show,” was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for raping two women at the height of his fame two decades ago.
During a 2004 appearance on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” Masterson discussed his Long Island accent — or lack thereof — with O’Brien, The NY Post reports.
After telling the host that he’s lived in Los Angeles for about a decade, Masterson said that his accent “just goes away naturally, and then there’s also certain words that there’s nothing you can do about.”
He then said that his friend, actor Bodhi Elfman, “always teases me.”
“He says ‘Hi, my name is Danny Masterson, would you like to touch my balls?’” Masterson said, emphasising the final word in a heavy accent.
“So why are you asking people to do that? That’s the more important question,” O’Brien responded.
“I mean, you got ’em, you know what I mean? Everybody should grab,” Masterson replied.
“I’ve heard about you,” O’Brien responded. “And you’ll be caught soon, I know you will.”
“I will,” Masterson said.
The clip gained traction on social media in the wake of Masterson’s sentencing on Thursday.
The actor, 47, remained stone-faced as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo handed down the sentence and as his two victims described the trauma they had experienced at his hands.
He was sentenced to 15 years for each count, which will be served consecutively, the maximum sentence permitted under the law.
“When you raped me, you stole from me,” one of the women testified in court, looking directly at the actor. “That’s what rape is, a theft of the spirit.”
“You are pathetic, disturbed, and completely violent,” she added. “The world is better off with you in prison.”
Speaking in court, the victims testified that Masterson handed them drinks that would make them pass out before he violently raped them. The actor drugged and violently raped both women in his Hollywood-area home in 2003 at the height of his fame.
The actor and Church of Scientology member had maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
This article originally appeared in The NY Post and was reproduced with permission.