A number of of Danny Masterson’s family and friends supported him amid his sexual assault retrial — together with his former That ‘70s Present costars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
The couple have been amongst a number of celebrities, family and friends members who reportedly penned letters to Choose Charlaine F. Olmedo forward of Masterson’s Thursday, September 7, sentencing. Masterson, 47, was sentenced to 30 years to life behind bars after being convicted of two counts of rape.
“As a buddy, Danny has been nothing however a optimistic affect on me,” Kutcher, 45, wrote in his letter of help, obtained by The Underground Bunker, which focuses on information about Scientology, on Friday, September 8. “Over [a] 25-year relationship I don’t ever recall him mendacity to me. He’s taught me about being direct and confronting points in life and relationships head-on, resolving them, and shifting ahead.
He went on to name Masterson a “function mannequin,” noting that he didn’t fall “into the everyday Hollywood life of medicine” and writing that Masterson was a giant advocate for supporting firefighters affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorist assaults.
Kutcher additionally said that Masterson “set an ordinary of being a hands-on dad.” (Masterton and his spouse, Bijou Phillips, share a daughter, Fianna, 9.)
“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 and not using a current father would [be] a tertiary injustice in and of itself.”
Kunis, who shares two youngsters with Kutcher, vouched for Masterson’s alleged “distinctive character” in her personal letter of help. “Danny has confirmed to be a tremendous buddy, confidant, and, above all, an excellent older brother determine to me,” she wrote. “His caring nature and skill to supply steering have been instrumental in my progress each personally and professionally.”
Additionally highlighting his promotion of a “drug-free way of life” and “extraordinary” parenting expertise, Kunis mentioned Masterson “has had a transformative impression on my life, instilling in me a way of self-belief and inspiring me to purpose for greatness, however all whereas sustaining a way of humility.”
Fellow That ‘70s Present solid members Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith additionally penned help letters for Masterson, together with Phillips, 43, retired NYPD Lieutenant Steven Mona, The Ranch author and creator Jim Patterson, Masterson’s siblings and extra.
Kunis and Kutcher — who wed in 2015 — starred alongside Masterson That ‘70s Present from 1998 to 2006. In 2017, Masterson was accused of sexual assault by a number of ladies throughout his time on the sitcom within the early 2000s. Following the allegations, which he denied on the time, he was written off his and Kutcher’s Netflix collection The Ranch.
He was arrested in June 2020 and charged with three counts of rape, to which he pleaded not responsible. He was launched after posting a $3.3 million bail bond. Following a mistrial in November 2022, Masterson’s retrial started in April. He was discovered responsible in Could.