Los Angeles, CA – September 10, 2023
Celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have issued a public apology for the distress their previous letters of support for actor Danny Masterson have caused. The couple had come under scrutiny for their past endorsements of Masterson, who has faced serious allegations of sexual assault.
In 2020, Danny Masterson, best known for his roles in “That ’70s Show” and “The Ranch,” was arrested and charged with multiple counts of rape. Kutcher and Kunis, who both starred alongside Masterson in “That ’70s Show,” had penned character references for him during the early stages of the legal proceedings.
Their support for Masterson had garnered significant attention and criticism, especially from those who believed it sent the wrong message to survivors of sexual assault. Now, after three years of legal battles, Masterson’s case has reached a significant turning point.
In light of recent developments, Kutcher and Kunis felt compelled to address the controversy surrounding their previous endorsements. In a joint statement released on social media, they expressed their remorse and apologized for any pain their actions may have caused:
“We want to express our deepest apologies to anyone who was hurt or felt let down by our previous support for Danny Masterson. Our intention was never to condone any behavior that could harm others, especially survivors of sexual assault. We now understand the gravity of the situation and stand firmly with all survivors seeking justice.”
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis also emphasized their commitment to raising awareness about sexual assault and supporting survivors moving forward. They pledged to educate themselves on the issue and use their platform to advocate for change.
Masterson’s trial is still ongoing, and he maintains his innocence in the face of the charges against him. The legal proceedings will continue to be closely watched by the public, and this apology from Kutcher and Kunis adds a new layer to the complex narrative surrounding the case.
The couple’s decision to publicly apologize reflects a growing awareness and shift in societal attitudes towards issues of sexual assault and the responsibility of public figures to speak out against such misconduct. Their message acknowledges the pain experienced by survivors and underscores the importance of supporting those who come forward with their stories.