In a surprising turn of events, former ‘That ’70s Show’ co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have publicly shown their support for fellow cast member Danny Masterson, who is currently awaiting sentencing for charges of rape. Their statements have ignited a heated debate on social media and within the entertainment industry.
Masterson, known for his role as Steven Hyde on the popular sitcom, was charged with three counts of rape by force or fear in 2020. The allegations stemmed from incidents that reportedly occurred between 2001 and 2003. Following his arrest, Masterson has maintained his innocence, denying all accusations.
Both Kunis and Kutcher took to their respective social media platforms to voice their support for their former colleague. Kunis posted on her Instagram account, saying, “I stand by my friend Danny Masterson. We know him as a kind and generous person, and we believe in his innocence until proven otherwise.” She also encouraged her followers to consider the evidence presented during the trial.
Kutcher, who portrayed Michael Kelso alongside Masterson on ‘That ’70s Show,’ tweeted, “For those of you who have been following the Danny Masterson case, it’s disappointing to see how the media has already convicted him. We must remember that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Let justice run its course.”
Their public support for Masterson has sparked outrage and criticism from many who argue that such high-profile endorsements may influence public opinion and potentially impact the legal proceedings. Advocates for survivors of sexual assault have been particularly vocal about the potential harm of celebrity endorsements in such sensitive cases.
In contrast, some fans and fellow actors have praised Kunis and Kutcher for standing by their friend, emphasizing the importance of due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
As the legal system continues to work through the case, the controversy surrounding Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s support for Danny Masterson highlights the complexities of navigating personal loyalties and public perception in the midst of serious criminal allegations. Masterson’s sentencing is pending, and the outcome remains uncertain as the legal process unfolds.