Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have shared a video during which they mentioned they’re “conscious of the ache” they attributable to writing letters on behalf of Danny Masterson forward of his rape conviction sentencing.
Kunis and Kutcher, who co-starred with Masterson on “That ’70s Present,” had been amongst practically 50 individuals who advocated for leniency for the actor earlier than he was sentenced Thursday to 30 years to life in jail for raping two ladies in 2003.
Masterson has maintained his innocence and plans to attraction his case.
Of their video shared on Instagram on Saturday, Kutcher mentioned Masterson’s household requested them to write down character letters describing “the individual that we knew for 25 years in order that the decide may take that into full consideration relative to the sentencing.”
“The letters weren’t written to query the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling,” Kunis mentioned.
Of their letters to courtroom, the couple vouched for Masterson’s character.
“I don’t consider he’s an ongoing hurt to society,” Kutcher wrote, whereas Kunis described Masterson as an “excellent function mannequin and pal.”
On Saturday, Kutcher mentioned their intention with the letters was “to not undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any manner. We might by no means need to do this. And we’re sorry if that has taken place.”
“We assist victims, we now have finished this traditionally by means of our work and can proceed to take action sooner or later,” Kunis mentioned within the video.
The 2 are concerned in a number of philanthropic efforts, together with a company Kutcher cofounded to fight intercourse trafficking.
Kunis concluded their message by saying, “Our coronary heart goes out to each single one who’s ever been a sufferer of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape.”