Much to the disappointment of their fans, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher wrote character letters in support of Danny Masterson ahead of his trial in September 2023. Masteron had been charged with three counts of rape and was ultimately convicted on two counts and sentenced to 30 years to life behind bars. Kunis, Kutcher, and Masterson all starred together on “That ’70s Show” from 1998 until 2006 and remained close in the ensuing years.
Kunis and Kutcher were roundly criticized for participating in Masterson’s defense, so much so that they took to Instagram and issued a public apology. “We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future,” Kunis states in the video. But public relations expert Beth Booker told Today that the couple’s apology was likely to do more harm than good. “They weren’t apologizing for writing the letters. … They were apologizing that they got caught,” Booker stated.
Whether or not Kunis and her husband understood the implications they would face in defending Masterson, they were seemingly willing to take steps to mitigate the bad press. In the wake of the public criticism, Kutcher resigned from his position at Thorn, an organization that fights child sex abuse, which he co-founded in 2009 with ex-wife Demi Moore. Kunis, who held a position on the board at Thorn, stepped down as well.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Post source: The List