Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis defined why they wrote letters in assist of former That ’70s Present costar Danny Masterson after his conviction for 2 counts rape.
“We’re conscious of the ache that has been attributable to the character letters that we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson,” Kutcher, 45, mentioned alongside Kunis in a video shared by way of Instagram on Saturday, September 9.
“We assist victims,” Kunis, 40, mentioned. “We now have achieved this traditionally by our work and we’ll proceed to take action sooner or later.”
The couple, who married in 2015, made headlines after it was reported that they penned letters to Decide Charlaine F. Olmedo forward Masterson’s Thursday, September 7, courtroom date, the place the 47-year-old was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail after being convicted of two counts of rape.
Kutcher defined that they wrote the letters on the request of Masterson’s household. “A few months in the past, Danny and his household reached out to us, they usually requested us to write down character letters to characterize the person who we knew for 25 years in order that the choose may take that into full consideration, relative to the sentencing,” he mentioned.
Kunis added that their messages “weren’t written to query the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling.”
“They had been supposed for the choose to learn and to not undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any manner,” Kutcher mentioned. “We’d by no means wish to do this, and we’re sorry if that has taken place.”
Kunis concluded: “Our coronary heart goes out to each single one that’s ever been a sufferer of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape.”
The letters went public on Friday, September 8, after being obtained by The Underground Bunker, which focuses on information about Scientology. “As a buddy, Danny has been nothing however a constructive affect on me,” Kutcher wrote.
He went on to name Masterson a “function mannequin,” noting that he didn’t fall “into the standard Hollywood life of medicine” and claimed that Masterson supported firefighters affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorist assaults.
“I hope that my testomony to his character is considered in sentencing,” Kutcher concluded. “I don’t consider he’s an ongoing hurt to society and having his daughter raised with out a current father would [be] a tertiary injustice in and of itself.”
Kunis additionally praised Masterson’s “distinctive character” in her character letter. “Danny has confirmed to be an incredible buddy, confidant, and, above all, an impressive older brother determine to me,” she wrote. “His caring nature and talent to supply steering have been instrumental in my development each personally and professionally.”
Masterson, for his half, denied the rape allegations in 2017.
“From day one, I’ve denied the outrageous allegations in opposition to me. Legislation enforcement investigated these claims greater than 15 years in the past and decided them to be with out advantage,” Masterson advised Us Weekly in a December 2017 assertion. “I’ve by no means been charged with a criminal offense, not to mention convicted of 1. On this nation, you might be presumed harmless till confirmed responsible. Nevertheless, within the present local weather, it appears as in case you are presumed responsible the second you might be accused.”
Masterson was arrested and charged in 2020 with three counts of rape after a number of ladies accused him of assaulting them within the early 2000s. He was convicted on Thursday of two counts of rape, and he plans to enchantment the conviction.
Masterson’s lawyer Shawn Holley argued that the actor “didn’t commit the crimes for which he has been convicted,” stating that she and a crew of appellate legal professionals “are assured that these convictions might be overturned.”
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