Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are slammed for posting groveling ‘lawyered’ apology for sending character letters on behalf of double rapist Danny Masterson

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have responded to backlash over letters written to the judge in the case of convicted rapist Danny Masterson, prompting even more wrath from the public.

‘We are aware of the pain that has been caused by the character letters we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson,’ Ashton, 45, began in a short video shared on Instagram after it was revealed that he and his wife had vouched for their former That 70s Show co-star and friend, 47.

‘We support victims,’ Mila, 40, added. ‘We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future.’ The comments on the post were disabled.

Critics were quick to take to X, formerly known as Twitter, to unleash their dismay over the ‘lawyered’ apology. 

Journalist Yashar Ali wrote on the site, ‘It’s important to note that the letters weren’t just character letters you’d write for a friend. The letters, which contained a great deal of Scientological phrasing, were intended to undermine the victims who were drugged by Danny.’

Masterson was handed a 30 years to life sentence earlier this week after a jury found him guilty of raping two women in the early 2000s.

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Ashton informed viewers in the clip, ‘A couple months ago, Danny’s family reached out to us and they asked us to write character letters to represent the person that we knew for 25 years so that the judge could take that into full consideration relative to the sentencing.’

Mila went on to say, ‘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. 

‘We would never want to do that. And we are sorry if that has taken place,’ Ashton emphasized.

‘Our heart goes out to every single person that has ever been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape,’ Mila said to conclude their statement.

Since the actors’ letters were released, fans have reacted with outrage online.

One former supporter wrote on a recent Instagram post from Kutcher, ‘I’m not a fan of cancel culture, but I make an exception for you two.’

Someone else added, ‘Hard f*****g pass on you two. How the mighty have fallen.’

Disgraced: Ashton and Mila wrote letters to the judge of Danny Masterson's case vouching for his character, igniting backlash from fans

Disgraced: Ashton and Mila wrote letters to the judge of Danny Masterson’s case vouching for his character, igniting backlash from fans

Slammed: Journalist Yashar Ali wrote on X/Twitter, 'It¿s important to note that the letters weren¿t just character letters you¿d write for a friend. The letters, which contained a great deal of Scientological phrasing, were intended to undermine the victims who were drugged by Danny'

Slammed: Journalist Yashar Ali wrote on X/Twitter, ‘It’s important to note that the letters weren’t just character letters you’d write for a friend. The letters, which contained a great deal of Scientological phrasing, were intended to undermine the victims who were drugged by Danny’

Hot take: One fan noted that their brief video seemed like a 'hostage video'

Hot take: One fan noted that their brief video seemed like a ‘hostage video’

Disappointed: A dismayed fan asked, 'WTF is wrong with you?' and received thousands of likes

Disappointed: A dismayed fan asked, ‘WTF is wrong with you?’ and received thousands of likes

Choice words: The comments on the video were turned off, but fans flocked to one of Kutcher's recent social media posts to leave their thoughts

Choice words: The comments on the video were turned off, but fans flocked to one of Kutcher’s recent social media posts to leave their thoughts

Their defense: 'We support victims,' Mila said in the video, adding, 'We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future'

Their defense: ‘We support victims,’ Mila said in the video, adding, ‘We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future’

The couple supported their former That 70s Show castmate by making individual submissions to the court, despite him already being convicted for raping two women.

In their letters obtained by DailyMail.com, both Kunis and Kutcher – who is credited as a co-founder and board chair of a non-profit purported to help fight child sex exploitation – spoke highly of Masterson, claiming he always ‘treated people with decency, equality, and generosity.’

In his letter to the judge, Kutcher 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.’



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