Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis wrote letters to the judge in support of Danny Masterson

Multiple news outlets reported Friday that former “That ’70s Show” actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have written letters of support to the judge overseeing their former co-star Danny Masterson’s sexual assault case, asking for leniency in sentencing of the actor asked.

Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Thursday for raping two women at his Hollywood home in the early 2000s.

One of the victims tweeted On Thursday, Kutcher and Kunis said they, who are married, had written letters asking the judge for leniency in sentencing. Complete copies of both letters were published by reporter Meghann Cuniff on Friday.

In his July letter, Kutcher described Masterson as a “role model” and someone who had “only a positive influence” on him. He later added that the actor is an “extremely honest and determined person” and “a person who is always there for you when you need him.”

“Over 25 years of relationship [sic] I don’t remember him ever lying to me. “He taught me to be direct and to face problems in life and relationships head-on, solve them and move forward,” Kutcher wrote.

At the end of his letter, he asked the judge to consider his testament to Masterson’s character in sentencing.

“I am aware that the verdict [sic] was found guilty of two counts of forcible rape and the victims have a strong desire for justice. “I hope my testimony about his character will be taken into account in sentencing,” Kutcher wrote. “I don’t believe he is doing any lasting harm to society and if his daughter were to grow up without a father present, that would be the case [be] a tertiary injustice in and of itself.”

Kunis echoed similar sentiments about Masterson being a positive influence on her, writing in her letter that he was “an amazing friend, confidant and, most of all, an outstanding older brother to me.”

“Danny Masterson’s warmth, humor and positive outlook on life were a driving force in shaping my character and approach to life’s challenges,” Kunis wrote. “His unwavering commitment to being an exceptional older brother to me changed my life. He instilled in me a sense of self-confidence and encouraged me to strive for greater things without losing a sense of humility.”

HuffPost reached out to reps for Kutcher and Kunis for further comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Kutcher and Kunis weren’t the only ones who sent letters of support to the judge.

Accordingly “Good morning America“More than 50 people wrote letters in support of Masterson. These included Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, who played Kitty and Red Forman on “That’s ’70s Show,” as well as Masterson’s wife, Bijou Phillips Masterson, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Kutcher had acknowledged Masterson’s rape allegations Earlier this year, he said in an interview with Esquire that he wanted his former co-star “to be found innocent of the charges against him.”

He made it clear that he did not want Masterson to get off the hook for any alleged crimes, but rather to be truthfully exposed as innocent. Kutcher declined to comment on what he thought the verdict should be in the trial, which had not yet been issued.

“At the end of the day, I don’t know. I’m not the judge. I’m not the jury. I’m not the prosecutor. I am not the victim. And I’m not the defendant. Therefore, I have no room for comment in this case. I just don’t know,” Kutcher said esquire.

Masterson, 47, was Accused of sexually assaulting three women in June 2020. He underwent two trials, with the first ending in November 2022 The jury was deadlocked on all points. In the second trial was the actor, who is also a prominent Scientologist found guilty of two counts of forcible rape On May 31, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in another rape case involving a third woman.

Prosecutors said Masterson was protected by Scientology officials for years after drugging and sexually abusing the women. The women, who were also Scientologists, said the church had forbidden them from reporting the assaults to police.

“Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here. Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s choice and voice. “Your actions 20 years ago were criminal, and that is why you are here,” said Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo on Thursday to Masterson before announcing his sentence. according to Cuniff.

Masterson’s legal team intends to appeal the judge’s sentencing decision.

Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: RickSchindler@worldtimetodays.com.

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