Prosecutors announced Tuesday they will hold a second trial of Danny Masterson, after a jury deadlocked on three counts of rape at the actor’s first trial in November.

Masterson, 46, is accused of forcibly raping three women at his home in the Hollywood Hills between 2001 and 2003. At the time he was a star of the Fox sitcom «That ’70s Show.»

“Our office has decided to retry this case,” Assistant District Attorney Reinhold Mueller told the court.

Although unable to reach a verdict, the jurors favored acquittal, voting 10-2, 8-4 and 7-5 on all three counts.

Mueller argued that the jury ignored supporting testimony in the case.

«Not giving these victims another chance with a jury that can sit there and consider all the evidence (win, lose or tie) would be an injustice,» Mueller said.

Judge Charlaine Olmedo denied a defense request to dismiss the case. She set the date of March 29 for jury selection.

Defense attorney Philip Cohen argued that any jury was unlikely to vote unanimously to convict. He said the first jury had thoroughly examined the evidence and no new evidence was likely to change the outcome.

“It’s not that things were ignored that Mr. Mueller thought were important or significant,” Cohen said. «It is that things were discussed and it was not believed that they were important for the decision-making of some of the members of the jury.»

Olmedo maintained that Cohen’s arguments about what a future jury might do were «speculative and not supported by the facts.»

“It appears that there are many other witnesses that the Town could choose to call or different arguments that the Town could choose to present,” Olmedo said. «A different result in a new trial is at least a possibility.»

The trial put an unwanted spotlight on the Church of Scientology, which was accused of trying to cover up allegations against a high-profile member. Prosecutors alleged that Masterson’s success as an actor gave him high status within the church and that he felt «entitled» to have sexual relations with women regardless of his wishes.

Each of the women took the stand over the course of the month-long trial, often giving emotional testimony about the assaults and the harsh consequences they faced for coming forward. Two of them collapsed on the stand and one appeared to have a panic attack at one point, saying that she couldn’t breathe.

The women, who have since left Scientology, said they feared excommunication from the church for going to the police.

The prosecutor’s office initially declined to file a case against the actor in 2004, after the first accuser filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department.

In late 2016, the three accusers met and denounced him collectively. They initially expressed frustration at what they saw as the slow pace of the LAPD investigation. Prosecutors finally brought the charges three years later under California’s “one-hit” sex crimes law, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison for each charge.

The three women testified that church teachings made it difficult for them to conceptualize the assaults as «rape.» Two of them said they reported the accusation to church authorities and were discouraged from going to the police.

Cohen argued that Scientology was irrelevant to the case and tried to minimize any mention of it. However, he said in his closing argument that Scientology was mentioned over 700 times. Cohen focused his case on discrepancies in the various accounts the women had given investigators, arguing that the allegations were riddled with «fabrications.»

At the conclusion of the first trial, Cohen argued that the women’s credibility was a key factor in the vote count for acquittal.

In court on Tuesday, Cohen said the testimony had led to «a lot of new questions» and said more evidence will be needed. The court set the dates of February 16 and March 6 for a status update and pretrial motions.