Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have issued an apology in response to criticism they faced for writing character letters on behalf of their former That ’70s Show co-star, Danny Masterson.
Danny Masterson, known for his role in That ’70s Show, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted earlier this year of raping two women. Masterson had been accused in 2017 and maintained that the encounters were consensual, with his defense planning to appeal the convictions.
Nevertheless, a judge informed Masterson that he would need to confront the consequences of his previous actions in one way or another. With Masterson now in prison, two of his former co-stars have faced scrutiny for their character letters expressing support for him.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have both released apologies for their letters, using Instagram to address the situation. The duo posted a joint video, with Kutcher beginning the apology by stating, “We are aware of the pain that has been caused by the character letters we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson.”
Conveniently though, the video has comments disabled, so users cannot chime in on Instagram and instead must make use of platforms such as Twitter.
Kutcher clarified that the letters were intended for the judge’s review and were not meant to undermine the testimonies of the victims or cause them further trauma in any way. He stated, “We would never want to do that. And we’re sorry if that has occurred.”
Regardless, the general population was left unconvinced. Many users took to Twitter to show what they thought of the situation and were less than impressed.