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Austin Powers' Actor Sentenced to Life in Prison for 1990 Rape and Torture


A bit actor who appeared in the first "Austin Powers" movie has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the violent 1990 gang rape of a Southern California woman.

Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami said Friday that 40-year-old Joseph Son was found guilty of one felony count of torture on Aug. 25.

In 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," Son wore a bowler hat and played one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, named Random Task.

Authorities say Son and a co-defendant abducted the then-19-year-old victim as she was walking her dog by her Huntington Beach apartment on Christmas Eve.

In the back of the car, Son repeatedly raped and sodomized the woman while pistol-whipping her and threatening to kill her. She suffered severe injuries.

Son was later linked to the crime through DNA testing.

The victim released a statement to the Orange County court saying "My emotional scars are intense. My twenties were stripped from my life as I relearned how to walk, see, hear and cope with the outside world again."

TMZ reports that the victim added "Joseph Son not only cost me my job at my salon but also my college savings ... not to mention the impact it's made on celebrating Christmas year after year."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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