Ashton Kutcher, 45, and Mila Kunis, 40, broke their silence on Saturday, after receiving backlash for writing letters that requested the decide in Danny Masterson‘s sexual assault trial to be lenient together with his sentencing. The previous That ’70s Present co-stars of the actor, who was sentenced to 30 years in jail this week, sat down and filmed a video that included a public apology and an evidence on why they supported him within the first place. Ashton shared the video to his Instagram web page.
“We’re conscious of the ache that has been brought on by the character letters that we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson,” Ashton first mentioned within the video. “We assist victims. We’ve accomplished this traditionally by way of our work and can proceed to take action sooner or later,” Mila then added.
Ashton went on to say that Danny’s household reached out to them and requested them to write down the letters to “signify the person who we knew for 25 years.”
“The letters weren’t written to query the legitimacy of the judicial system, or the validity of the jury’s ruling,” Mila mentioned earlier than Ashton added, “They have been meant for the decide to learn and to not undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any manner. We’d by no means need to do this. And we’re sorry, that has taken place.”
The couple ended the video by expressing their sympathy to all victims of sexual assault. “Our coronary heart goes out to each single one who’s ever been a sufferer of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape,” Mila mentioned.
Ashton and Mila’s public apology comes simply two days after Danny was sentenced to 30 years in jail after being discovered responsible on two counts of rape. After his sentencing, it was reported that Ashton and Mila have been amongst 50 individuals who wrote letters on behalf of Danny, who Ashton known as a “position mannequin, to assist him get a extra lenient sentence. The information instantly precipitated backlash from on-line customers in addition to others, together with Chrissie Carnell Bixler, who beforehand dated Danny and was one among three girls who accused him of assault throughout his trial.
“Expensive Ashton, I do know the secrets and techniques your ‘position mannequin’ retains for you. Ones that might finish you. Did you neglect I used to be there?” Chrissie wrote on her Instagram Tales on Sept. 8, alleging Ashton known as Danny in Feb. 2001 with some kind of nefarious “plan” that she didn’t reveal. “I pray you start to course of what you skilled as a baby on that set. Your outdated interviews are very telling,” she added within the prolonged message.