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Fans Are Outraged Over Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis' Danny Masterson Apology Video

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By Taylor Hodgkins on September 9, 2023 at 6:30 PM EDT

Ashton Kutcherand Mila Kunis have received a great deal of heat online for supporting their "That 70's Show" co-star Danny Masterson in the wake of the actor being sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

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Danny Masterson is seen leaving court
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The 47-year-old actor was found guilty of two counts of forcible rape on Thursday, September 7th.

Kutcher and Kunis wrote separate character letters on behalf of Masterson. The actor, who famously played 'Hyde' on the aforementioned sitcom, had also been convicted of two counts of forcible rape in May after a retrial case involving three women, according to our piece regarding Masterson's sentencing from earlier this week.

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
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Kutcher, 45, called Masterson a "role model" in his letter and goes on to say Masterson "set an extraordinary standard" regarding how one should strive to treat others. Kunis, 40, called Masterson an "outstanding older brother figure" in her letter and described "The Ranch" actor as having a "genuine concern for those around him," according to court documents that were exclusively obtained by The Blast.

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Kutcher And Kunis Clarify Their Intentions In An Apology Video

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis apology video
Instagram | Ashton Kutcher

After receiving strong backlash for their support of Masterson, Kutcher and Kunis released an apology video to social media on Saturday afternoon.

The couple stressed their alliance with sexual assault victims, with Kunis stressing the letters were not composed with the intent of calling the judicial system into question. Kutcher said the letters were "intended for the judge to read" and not written to "undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any way..."

Kutcher posted the video to his Instagram and would disable the comment section.

Reactions To The Duo's Apology Rapidly Took Over Social Media

Ashton Kutcher posts sweet tribute for wifey Mila Kunis

Reactions would soon begin pouring in on X, with one user pointing out it sounded "scripted" to them, per our report.

"This almost looks like a hostage video," another user posted.

"sometimes it’s better to just not say anything… especially if the plan was to come out and give this kind of robotic statement. This has likely made things much worse," another user weighed in.

"ashton kutcher co-founding a campaign to end child trafficking but writing letters of support for his serial rapist bestie is such a great encapsulation of the way people love to fight against their imaginary idea of what abuse is but not what it actually is," another user wrote.

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"ashton kutcher and mila kunis made a point in that video to say the letters were never intended to be made public. had they remained private, they would’ve been all too happy to send them," another user wrote.

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"babe wake up a new celeb apology video just dropped," another user posted.

"All this to basically say they don’t doubt the charges… but they think he should get less time because he’s their friend??," a user asked.

"If you are going to apologize, do it from the heart. Not only does this not sound sincere, it is seems canned and prepared. The tone of voice and delivery says, 'we got caught and had to make a statement,'' another user weighed in.

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"Asking for leniency is quite literally undermining the testimony of the victims…," another user commented.

"'whatever happens in the dark always comes to light' also this video is musty," another user contributed.

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Ashton Kutcher wrote a letter of support for Danny Masterson after he was convicted of rape
The Blast

"Thanks for posting this information. At least you gave everyone the opportunity to view their response to the character letter to the judge in the Danny Masterson lawsuit. Folks can come to their own conclusions, and that should end it, but you know...haters are gonna hate," another user weighed in.

In Kutcher's character letter, he puts an emphasis on the quality of Masterson's friendship.

After describing a situation where Masterson reportedly intervened between an intoxicated man and his girlfriend, Kutcher wrote "He has always treated people with decency, equality, and generosity."

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Mila Kunis wrote a letter of support for Danny Masterson after he was convicted of rape
The Blast

Both Kutcher and Kunis emphasized Masterson's effort to dissuade his friends from drug use. Kunis called this impact "invaluable." She also explained Masterson had "played a pivotal role in guiding me away from such destructive paths. His dedication to avoiding all substances has inspired not only me but also countless others in our circle," Kunis also wrote.

She would also describe Masterson as being an "outstanding role model and friend."

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