Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Apologize for Character Letters in Danny Masterson Rape Case
Apology for Written Letters
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have apologised for character letters the couple wrote on behalf of fellow That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson before he was sentenced for rape this week. A judge in Los Angeles on Thursday sentenced Danny to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women in 2003.
In a video posted on Instagram on Sunday, Ashton and Mila said they were sorry for the pain they may have caused with the letters, which were made public on Friday.
Intention Behind the Letters
Ashton said the letters that asked for leniency “were intended for the judge to read and not to undermine the testimony of the victims or retraumatize them in any way. We would never want to do that and we’re sorry if that has taken place”.
Request from Danny’s Family
Ashton said Danny’s family approached them after the actor was convicted in the rapes in May and asked them to write character letters describing “the person that we knew for 25 years”. The letters were posted online by The Hollywood Reporter and other digital publications.
Danny Masterson’s Background
Danny starred with Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Topher Grace in That ’70s Show from 1998 until 2006. He had reunited with Ashton on the 2016 Netflix comedy The Ranch but was written off the show when the Los Angeles Police Department investigation was revealed the following year.
Sentencing and Character Descriptions
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F Olmedo handed down the sentence to Danny, 47, after hearing statements from the women, and pleas for fairness from defence attorneys. Ashton described Danny as a man who treated people “with decency, equality, and generosity,” he wrote in his letter dated July 27, 2023.
Mila Kunis’ Description of Danny
- Mila in her letter to the judge called Danny “an outstanding role model and friend”
- She described him as an “exceptional older brother figure”
Support for Victims
Mila said in the apology video that their letters did not mean to undermine the testimony of victims. “Our heart goes out to every single person who’s ever been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape,” she said.