Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have publicly apologized for the letters they wrote to the judge of Danny Masterson’s sexual assault trial, in which they called their “That ’70s Show” co-star a “role model.” The couple issued the apology in response to criticism and backlash they received for their support of Masterson.
Apology and Explanation
In a video posted on Instagram, Kutcher and Kunis expressed their awareness of the pain caused by the character letters they wrote on behalf of Masterson. They clarified that the letters were not intended to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or undermine the testimony of the victims. They apologized if their letters had re-traumatized the victims in any way.
Kutcher and Kunis explained that Masterson’s family had reached out to them to write character letters representing the person they knew for 25 years. They described Masterson as kind, courteous, and hardworking. Kunis referred to him as an amazing friend and outstanding older brother figure. Other stars from “That ’70s Show,” including Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, also wrote letters in support of Masterson.
The revelation of Kutcher and Kunis’ support for Masterson received widespread online backlash. Two of the victims, referred to as Jane Does, criticized the actors for submitting the letters after reading the testimony of the women. One of the victims called the video apology insulting and hurtful.
Apology and Support for Victims
In their video apology, Kutcher and Kunis emphasized their support for victims of sexual assault, abuse, and rape. They expressed their commitment to continuing to support victims in the future. They acknowledged the importance of self-education and accountability in understanding privilege and working with victims of sex crimes.
Danny Masterson’s Sentencing
Danny Masterson, known for his role in “That ’70s Show,” was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women in 2003. The sentencing came after a trial and conviction in May. Masterson’s attorney maintains his innocence and plans to appeal the verdict.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have apologized for their character letters in support of Danny Masterson. They clarified that their intention was not to undermine the victims or question the judicial system. The couple expressed their support for victims of sexual assault and their commitment to learning and growth.