In a recent video posted to Instagram after intense backlash, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have explained why they wrote character letters for Danny Masterson (their former That ’70s Show co-star) before his sentencing to 30 years to life in prison for the r*pe of two women.
What did Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher say about Danny Masterson character letters in rape case?
Kutcher and Kunis, along with other That ’70s Show castmates Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, were among those who wrote letters to Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo in advance of Masterson’s sentencing, according to reports. In a recent Instagram video posted to Kutcher’s account, the couple addressed their involvement in the situation after facing backlash online for the decision.
Kutcher began the video by saying, “We are aware of the pain that has been caused by the character letters that we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson.” Adding to that, Kunis began, “We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future.” Switching turns to speak after every few lines, the actor who played Michael Kelso continued, “A couple months ago, Danny’s family reached out to us and they asked us to write character letters to represent the person that we knew for 25 years so that the judge could take that into full consideration relative to the sentencing.”
“Our heart goes out to every single person who’s ever been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape.”Mila Kunis
The actress took the reigns and further maintained that their letters “were not written to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling” in any shape, way or form. Instead, “they were intended for the judge to read and not to undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any way. We would never want to do that. And we’re sorry if that has taken place.”