Celebrity Couple Apologizes for Controversial Support Letters
In an unexpected turn of events, Hollywood stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have issued an apology for their recent letters to Judge Charlaine Olmedo, which they wrote prior to the sentencing of their former “That ’70s Show” co-star, Danny Masterson, on two counts of rape. The letters of support and their subsequent apology have garnered significant public attention and debate.
The letters, which went viral after being obtained by independent journalist Tony Ortega, drew criticism for their tone of self-assurance and their perceived impact on the victims involved. In their statements, Kutcher referred to Masterson as a “role model,” and Kunis lauded his “exceptional character” and “tremendous positive influence.” These remarks raised concerns about the sensitivity towards the survivors of the alleged crimes and the implications for the judicial process.
Addressing the controversy, Kutcher and Kunis released a video on Instagram to clarify their intentions behind the letters. They explained that the letters were written at the request of Masterson’s family, with the goal of providing a personal perspective on their long-term relationship with him. Their aim was to offer insight into the individual they had known for over two decades.
Kunis emphasized that their letters were not intended to challenge the legitimacy of the judicial system or question the validity of the jury’s ruling. Instead, they were meant to reflect their personal experiences with Masterson. Kutcher added that they were sorry if the letters were misconstrued or caused any unintended harm, particularly to the survivors.
Both actors expressed their unwavering support for victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape, asserting that they have consistently demonstrated this support throughout their careers and would continue to do so in the future.
The case involving Danny Masterson has been closely watched, given the high-profile nature of the allegations and the involvement of individuals from the entertainment industry. Masterson was convicted on two counts of rape after a mistrial in the initial trial, with all his accusers being members of the Church of Scientology. Accusations have been made regarding the church’s involvement in covering up the allegations, a claim the church has denied.