Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are apologizing for the “pain” they caused over letters they wrote in support of their former classmate and convicted rapist Danny Masterson.
Character letter from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlene F. Olmedo, who ultimately sentenced Masterson to 30 years in prison after his conviction. Two incidents of rape in May,
When these letters were made public on Friday, the famous couple faced criticism.
“We support victims. We have done so historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future,” Kunis said in the video.
Kutcher explained that a few months earlier, Masterson’s family contacted him and asked him to “write a character sheet to represent the man we knew for 25 years.”
Kunis said, “The letters were not written to question the validity of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s verdict.”
Kutcher said the letters were not intended to undermine the victims’ testimony or “traumatize them” in any way. “We are sorry if this happened,” he said.
In the letters, both Kunis and Kutcher credited Masterson for helping them stay away from drugs. He called her a “great role model,” “kind,” and a “loving and responsible parent.” The letters were published by journalist Meghan Cunniff, who was in court to cover the case.
The “That ’70s Show” actor has been in custody since May, when he was found guilty of raping two women two decades ago. According to the Associated Press, the women testified in court in the spring, with one calling him “disturbing and downright violent”, and another saying “he shows no remorse for the pain he has caused.” Shown.”
Prosecutors alleged that Masterson used his prominence in the Church of Scientology, of which the women were members, to avoid consequences for years after the attacks. The women blamed their church for their hesitation to come forward.
A third woman from the church also accused Masterson of raping her, but her case deadlocked the jury.