Not many people predicted Bijou Phillips’ decision to divorce Danny Masterson. Phillips openly supported Masterson through every stage of his public undoing, and also wrote a character statement to the judge heading his trial, per TMZ. Five days before Phillips’ filing, on September 14, People reported that she wasn’t planning to divorce Masterton as he served out his sentence. “She has had a very difficult time since the conviction,” shared a source. “She loves Danny and has no plans to file for divorce. She will be by his side for it all.” The source also revealed that Phillips was assisting Masterson’s lawyers for future appeals.
Even though Phillips has changed her mind about supporting Masterson, Twitter is not impressed. Instead, they’re expressing support for Masterson’s victims. “You we’re [sic] defending him and victim blaming now you [sic] divorcing him,” tweeted one user. “She obviously wasn’t disturbed by the allegations, since they came down years ago. Was the agreement that if he’s convicted, THEN she’ll file for divorce?!” tweeted another user. Many users also believe that Phillips’ move could be inspired by a desire to protect herself financially should Masterson face civil charges in the future. Divorce Attorney Christopher C. Melcher tweeted, “Bijou Phillips files for divorce against Danny Masterson after his 30 years to life sentence. She stood by his side at trial. Is she leaving because he is guilty, or to divide their community estate before the victims get a judgment against him?”