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Victim slams Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis for video about their letters in support of convicted rapist Danny Masterson

 September 10, 2023

A woman whom actor Danny Masterson was convicted of raping has expressed disappointment over an apology video posted by stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

Kutcher and Kunis recently faced backlash over letters they wrote to a judge in the Masterson case vouching for the actor's good character. This led them to release an apology video, which has further ignited public outrage, as the Daily Mail reports.

Victim's reaction to the video

Journalist Yashar Ali conveyed the sentiments of one of Masterson’s victims, known as Jane Doe #1 or Jen B, regarding the video shared by the Hollywood couple.

Jen B said:

This video was incredibly insulting and hurtful. My hope is that they learn radical accountability and the importance of self-education to learn when to keep their privilege in check—especially Ashton, who claims to work with victims of sex crimes. And as to Mila, I can only think of 'Times Up.'

Kutcher and Kunis's video content

The video was made in response to criticism for the couple’s support of Masterson, their former co-star on television's That 70s Show.

Kutcher, 45, started the video by acknowledging the pain caused by their character reference letters for Masterson.

Mila, 40, added:

We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future.

Intention behind the letters

Kutcher then explained that Danny’s family had approached them a few months prior to write the character letters to be reviewed by the judge in the criminal case.

The aim was to give insight into the person they had known for over two decades.

Mila clarified:

The letters were not written to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling. They were intended for the judge to read. And not to undermine the testimonies of the victims or re-traumatize them in any way.

Video draws sharp criticism

Despite their clarifications, the video attracted a lot of criticism.

Many expressed their disappointment on X, previously known as Twitter, particularly over the ‘lawyered’ nature of the apology.

Ali highlighted that the letters contained a significant amount of “Scientological phrasing” and seemed intended to undermine Masterson’s victims.

Details of Masterson's conviction

Earlier this week, Masterson received 30 years-to-life sentence after being found guilty of raping two women in the early 2000s.

Following the release of the actors’ letters, the online community expressed its fury.

A former supporter commented on an Instagram post of Kutcher’s, expressing deep disappointment with the couple’s actions.

Content of the controversial letters

The letters revealed that both Kunis and Kutcher spoke highly of Masterson, emphasizing his positive qualities.

Kutcher, co-founder and board chair of a non-profit aimed at fighting child sex exploitation, wrote:

He's an extraordinarily honest and intentional human being. Over our 25-year relationship I don't recall him ever lying to me. He's taught me about being direct and confronting issues in life and relationships head-on, resolving them, and moving forward.

Conclusion

  • Jane Doe #1 expressed disappointment over the apology video by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
  • The Hollywood couple clarified the intent behind their letters in the video.
  • Despite their clarifications, they face severe backlash from the public.
  • Masterson has been sentenced to 30 years to life for raping two women.
  • The content of the letters has further intensified the criticism towards Kutcher and Kunis.