Actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher apologized on Saturday for a series of letters they wrote to a judge asking for leniency for their former That ’70s Show co-star Danny Masterson, who was sentenced this week to 30 years to life in prison after he was convicted of raping multiple women in the Church of Scientology two decades ago.
Kutcher and Kunis said in a joint video posted on Instagram that they were approached by Masterson’s family to write the letters in support of their former co-star, with Kunis saying the letters were not intended to “question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling.”
Kutcher said in the video the letters, which were obtained by multiple outlets on Friday, were also not meant to “undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any way.”
In those letters sent to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo, Kutcher called Masterson a “friend, dedicated co-worker and role model,” saying they have remained friends since they first met in 1998.
Kutcher also called Masterson an “extremely honest and intentional human being,” adding he did not “ever recall him lying to me.”
In a separate letter to Olmedo, Kunis wrote that Masterson has an “innate goodness and genuine nature,” calling him an “amazing friend, confidant, and, above all, an outstanding older brother figure to me.”
Olmedo sentenced Masterson to a 30-year to life prison sentence Thursday, making the That ’70s Show star eligible for parole after more than 25 years. The charges against Masterson each carried sentences of 15 years to life in prison.
Masterson, 47, made his big break playing Steven Hyde on That ’70s Show in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and has landed starring roles in the short-lived sitcom Men at Work and The Ranch. He was convicted on two counts of forcible rape in June, following a months-long trial over allegations he sexually assaulted three women he knew through the Church of Scientology. A third count was dismissed after a judge declared a mistrial in November. Masterson had been arrested in 2020 on rape charges, after a lengthy investigation into allegations from multiple women.
‘That ’70s Show’ Star Danny Masterson Sentenced To 30 Years To Life For Rape (Forbes)