Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher say they ‘support victims’ after reaction to Danny Masterson letters

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shared a new Instagram video where they said they “support survivors” after it was revealed that they had written letters in support of leniency for Danny Masterson’s sentencing.

Masterson, who was convicted in May on two counts of rape, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday. He had acted in the ’70s show alongside the married couple, and after the conclusion of “That ’70s Show” in 2006, Kutcher and Kunis remained close, working together again in 2016 on the Netflix sitcom “The Ranch” (Masterson was removed from the show in 2017 following renewed allegations of sexual assault).

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On Friday, character letters written by Kutcher and Kunis were published in Masterson’s case, revealing that they had advocated for leniency in his sentencing. In separate letters, the couple referred to Masterson as a “role model” and a great father, also praising his advocacy for the use of medicinal marijuana during their time on the show.

Social media reactions were swift, with many calling out Kutcher and Kunis for supporting a convicted sex offender, while others commended them for standing by their work and making a public declaration of their support for survivors. In their upcoming project, Kutcher’s anti-human trafficking organization, Thorn, and Kunis’s involvement in the film “The Least of These” are both mentioned. In the film, she plays a rape survivor.

Kutcher, who had also acted with Masterson in Netflix’s “The Ranch,” shared the video on his Instagram account, featuring him and Ted actress Kunis.

According to Kutcher, “We are aware of the pain caused by the character references written on behalf of Danny Masterson.”

“We stand by victims. Kunis continued, “We have historically used our work to advocate for change and will continue to do so.”

Those letters, according to Kutcher, were sent “months ago” at the behest of Masterson’s family, who contacted them “to provide a character reference so the judge could consider the man that we have known for over 25 years.”

“The intention was not to question the validity of the legal system or the verdict,” Kunis continued, “and if it appeared as such, I apologize.”

At the conclusion of the video, Kutcher said, “Our hearts go out to every survivor of sexual assault.”

Kutcher and Kunis are not the only stars who wrote letters on behalf of Masterson. Fellow “That ’70s Show” actors Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp also praised Masterson in their letters, as did Masterson’s long-time friends, actor Giovanni Ribisi, and Masterson’s sister-in-law, actress Billy Baldwin.

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