A grieving Bijou Phillips was seen leaving a Los Angeles courthouse shortly after her husband Danny Masterson was sentenced to 30 years in prison on rape charges.
The actress and former socialite, 43, kept her wedding ring on as she walked out the back exit of a criminal courthouse in Los Angeles, hiding her emotions behind dark sunglasses while wearing a blue shirt and white pants.
After her life was shattered by the prosecution of her husband’s crimes, a close friend revealed to DailyMail.com that she was a “shell of her former self.”
Masterson blew Phillips a final kiss to his wife as he was led away in handcuffs to carry out his sentence, while several Scientology friends and family members joined her at the courthouse.
As the media approached her after the trial, she was seen clutching the arm of a man she was leaving the building with while trying to hide her face.
Bijou Phillips, 43, kept her wedding ring on as she walked out the back exit of a criminal courthouse in Los Angeles on Thursday. She wore dark sunglasses, a blue shirt and white pants
The actress appeared sullen as she left the courthouse after a close friend told DailyMail.com that the case had left her “a shell of her former self.”
Phillips clutches a man’s arm as she leaves the courthouse, trying to hide her face
Phillips stood by Masterson throughout his eight-day trial and subsequent sentencing, but appeared dejected as the actor’s victims read heartbreaking impact statements to the court.
Masterson was convicted in May of two rapes committed in 2003 and sentenced Thursday.
After the guilty verdict, Masterson was incarcerated at the notorious men’s prison in downtown Los Angeles while he awaited sentencing, leaving Bijou to care for their daughter Fianna alone.
A close friend told DailyMail.com that she was distraught at the prospect of raising her daughter alone and that her husband, being sent behind bars, “feels like he is mourning a death.”
Speaking about the mother-of-one’s current state of mind, a source said: “Right now Bijou is circling the corner and is full of emotions and no emotions at all.”
“She’s a shell of who she was.” She’s really trying to be strong for her daughter as she tries to figure out what life will be like for her.
“It can only be compared to a divorce or a death because she couldn’t be with Danny like she used to.”
Masterson blows his wife Bijou Phillips a kiss in the courtroom as he is sentenced to 30 years in prison, a courtroom sketch shows
Phillips stood by Masterson throughout his eight-day trial and subsequent sentencing, but appeared dejected as the actor’s victims read heartbreaking impact statements to the court
As Phillip left the courthouse, she covered her face with sunglasses
A close friend of the actress said she is now “really trying to figure everything out” after her life was destroyed by her husband’s rape allegations
Phillips and Masterson, both Scientologists, met at a celebrity poker game in 2004, married in 2011 and had a daughter together while living in luxury in Los Angeles.
But the source said the prosecution of his crimes two decades later had destroyed their picturesque life: “They had their life and it has been completely uprooted and changed, and the change is as frightening and miserable as you can imagine.”
“Friends are trying to be there for her, but it’s really difficult… She’s really trying to figure everything out and figure out what her life is going to be like after it’s all said and done.”
“Whatever happens to Danny will change her life forever, and to put it in a not-so-dignified word, it just sucks.”
Bijou must come to terms with the prospect of raising her child alone after her husband, 47, was convicted of two counts of rape in a Los Angeles court in May and sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday
Bijou, pictured with her and Masterson’s daughter Fianna in 2015, is said to be “really trying to be strong” while raising her child alone
Masterson and Phillips enjoyed a life of luxury in Los Angeles before he was charged with the rapes more than two decades after they occurred. Pictured: The couple’s villa in Hollyridge Loop, California
Phillips is no stranger to the spotlight. She is the daughter of The Mamas & The Papas frontman John Phillips, and her sisters Mackenzie and Chynna have landed leading roles in numerous films and television.
But the family was also rocked by a scandalous story. One of the most shocking was the moment Mackenzie revealed that her father had had an incestuous sexual relationship for ten years, starting when she was 19.
Bijou legally emancipated herself from her drug-addicted parents at the age of 14. The guard reports that this happened after years of staying in foster care from the age of around three, “because her parents were not able” to look after her.
“They fought for custody for years, so I bounced around a lot,” Bijou wrote in one honest Instagram post in 2018.
Masterson had two trials. His first trial, six months earlier, ended in a mistrial after a different jury was hopelessly deadlocked on all three rape charges.
Scientology was the elephant in the room during Masterson’s trial, in which the women who testified against him said they took so long to report him to the police because they feared retaliation from the Church of Scientology.
One of the women said she was born into a family of Scientologists, and when she reported the rape to the church, a high-ranking official “made it clear that Danny was untouchable.”
“I didn’t choose to be born into Scientology — and I didn’t choose to be raped by Danny Masterson,” the mother of three said, fighting back tears. “Scientology has tried to silence us…to intimidate us.”
“I wish I had reported him to the police sooner,” she said, adding that at no point did Masterson show “an ounce of remorse for the pain I suffered.”
“The first few years after the rape were pretty dark. I lost pretty much everything. “I had to start my life over at the age of 29,” she said.
Phillips was joined by Scientology friends and family members to show their support at his sentencing hearing Thursday. The pair are pictured together during their trial in May 2023
Before his sentencing, Masterson’s attorney, Shawn Holley, urged the judge to impose multiple 15-year sentences rather than consecutive ones, saying it would be “fair and just.”
Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney Reinhold Mueller asked the judge to impose a sentence of 30 years to life in prison, saying Holley’s plea for just 15 years was “not fair and just … absolutely not.” Thirty years to life in prison is deserved.
“After the first rape, Masterson had time to think about what he had done,” he said. “Still, he raped again.”