PHOTO – On Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made their entrance at the Oscars. The couple is now issuing apologies for the character references they provided on behalf of actor Danny Masterson, who is a former cast member of ‘That ’70s Show,’ in light of his recent sentencing.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, known for their roles in the hit television show “That ’70s Show,” have recently expressed their remorse for writing letters on behalf of their former co-star, Danny Masterson, who was convicted of rape.
In a video shared on Instagram, the couple acknowledged the pain they caused and apologized for any harm they may have inflicted on the victims.
The Controversial Letters
Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show,” was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women in 2003.
Prior to his sentencing, Kutcher and Kunis, along with nearly 50 other individuals, wrote letters advocating for leniency for Masterson.
These letters were addressed to the judge, with the intention of providing character references for the actor.
An Appeal for Leniency
In their video statement, Kutcher and Kunis clarified that their letters were not meant to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the jury’s ruling.
Instead, they were asked by Masterson’s family to describe the person they had known for 25 years, in order to provide a complete picture for the judge to consider during the sentencing process.
Vouching for Masterson’s Character
Both Kutcher and Kunis vouched for Masterson’s character in their letters to the court.
Kutcher expressed his belief that Masterson is not an ongoing harm to society, while Kunis described him as an outstanding role model and friend.
However, the couple now recognizes the potential harm their letters may have caused to the victims, and they apologize for any re-traumatization that may have occurred.
Support for Victims
Kutcher and Kunis emphasized their support for victims of sexual assault, abuse, and rape.
They acknowledged the importance of their work in combating sex trafficking and expressed their ongoing commitment to standing by victims.
The couple has been involved in various philanthropic efforts, including Kutcher’s co-founding of an organization dedicated to fighting sex trafficking.
In conclusion, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have publicly apologized for writing letters on behalf of Danny Masterson, who was convicted of rape.
They expressed their awareness of the pain they caused and apologized for any harm inflicted on the victims.
The couple clarified that their intention was not to undermine the testimony of the victims or question the judicial system. They remain committed to supporting victims and fighting against sexual assault and abuse.