Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have publicly apologized for the letters they sent to the judge of Danny Masterson’s sexual assault trial, in which they call their “That 70’s Show” co-star a “role model.”
“We are aware of the pain that has been caused by the character letters that we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson,” Kutcher says in a video posted to his Instagram on Saturday.
“We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future,” adds Kunis, who sits beside husband Kutcher in the video.
Kutcher then explains how Masterson’s family reached out to him and Kunis to write character letters to “represent the person that we knew for 25 years.”
“The letters were not written to question the legitimacy of the judicial system, or the validity of the jury’s ruling,” Kunis says.
“They were intended for the judge to read and not to undermine the testimony of the victims or retraumatize them in any way,” Kutcher adds. “We would never want to do that. And we’re sorry, that has taken place.”
The video concludes with Kunis saying, Our heart goes out to every single person who’s ever been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape.”
Kutcher and Kunis were two of more than 50 people who wrote to the judge in the Masterson sexual assault trial to support the convicted actor ahead of his sentencing, per court documents obtained by Variety. Other stars from “That ’70s Show” who wrote to the judge include Debra Jo Rupp, who played Kitty on Fox’s sitcom, and Kurtwood Smith, who played Red.