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Kutcher starred alongside Masterson and served as an executive producer The ranch if that Men at work alum was fired from the show in December 2017.
“Due to ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have removed Danny Masterson from the program The ranch. [December 4, 2017] was his final day on the series and production will resume without him in early 2018,” Netflix said in a statement at the time.
Kutcher, for his part, addressed the allegations for the first time during an interview in January 2023 esquire.
“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,” he told the outlet, adding that he hopes Masterson “is found innocent of the allegations against him.”
The Just Married The actor, who said he is still in touch with his former co-star, stressed that he stands with victims of sexual abuse. “I have great compassion for anyone who feels they have been hurt in any way,” he said.
The Two and a half men alum went on to express his condolences for Masterson’s daughter, Fianna, who he shares with his wife Bijou Phillips: “One day his child will read about it.”
He and his wife, Mila Kunis, wrote letters of reference on Masterson’s behalf in 2023 after he was convicted of two counts of rape. The notes sparked a backlash the following September after Masterson was convicted.
Kutcher explained that the letters were written at the request of Masterson’s family. “A few months ago, Danny and his family reached out to us and asked us to write character letters to represent the person we had known for 25 years so that the judge could fully take this into account when sentencing. ” he said in an Instagram video with Kunis.
“They were intended for the judge to read and not to undermine the victims’ statements or re-traumatize them in any way,” Kutcher said. “We would never want to do that and we are sorry if that happened.”