This post contains discussions of sexual assault.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have received widespread criticism for writing letters in support of Danny Masterson ahead of his sentencing this past Thursday.
Danny was found guilty back in May of raping two women in the early 2000s during the height of his That '70s Show fame. He was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years to life in prison.
After the guilty verdict, the judge in the case received over 50 letters asking for leniency, Variety reports. Ashton said in his that Danny was a "role model," while Mila spoke in her letter about the "genuine care" he has for others and how he's personally been a "tremendous positive influence" on her.
“I wholeheartedly vouch for Danny Masterson’s exceptional character and the tremendous positive influence he has had on me and the people around him," Mila said. "His dedication to leading a drug-free life and the genuine care he extends to others make him an outstanding role model and friend.”
Meanwhile, Ashton also said he did "not believe [Danny] is an ongoing harm to society" and asked that he receive a lesser sentence because "having his daughter raised without a present father would [be] a tertiary injustice in and of itself."
"While I’m aware that the judgement [sic] has been cast as guilty on two counts of rape by force and the victims have a great desire for justice, I hope that my testament to his character is taken into consideration in sentencing," he wrote.
People on Twitter found it shocking, disappointing, and, as one Twitter user put it, "fucking unconscionable" to see them speaking on his behalf.
Very disappointed in Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Thought they were some of the good ones. Guess not
— △⃒⃘Youtube: Nu Mindframe△⃒⃘♒️ (@nu_mindframe) September 9, 2023
mila kunis and ashton kutcher writing letters in support of danny masterson is fucking unconscionable
— noa struggle tweets (taylor’s version) (@thenoasletter) September 8, 2023
Fuck Ashton Kutcher and fuck Mila KunisFucking rape apologists
— Obi-Wan Kenboaby (@altgandalf) September 9, 2023
‘The rapist has a daughter’ is not a great reason other men’s daughters shouldn’t get justice. Fuck Ashton Kutcher, too!
— Desi (@DesiJed) September 8, 2023
They also called them hypocrites for publicly supporting a convicted rapist when Ashton has a foundation, Thorn, which fights to protect children from trafficking and sexual abuse.
keep in mind ashton kutcher wrote this after the fact of the allegations and he be fight against sexual exploitation of children hypocrisy is too small of a word to encompass this type of evil behavior https://t.co/HjgvmXSDXS
— ife the child of God (@HXRLEEN_V10) September 8, 2023
"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," one person tweeted.
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 https://t.co/fsqcIjEjLY
— matt (@mattxiv) September 8, 2023
Ashton Kutcher has a whole company dedicated to sex trafficking, but is asking for leniency for his rapist bestie. Everybody’s an ally until it’s someone they know committing the crime.
— Mo (@exilehive) September 8, 2023
Ashton kutcher having an organization that helps victims of sex trafficking yet writing letters to beg for leniency for his rapist friend is just so…Everybody looks to fight a good fight, till the fight is in their own backyard. Crazy stuff
— Piña Colada (@Rume__) September 8, 2023
It's not enough heat for Ashton Kutcher on the TL for me How do you make your entire activist persona about saving women from sex trafficking when you can't even spot the rapist among your own crew?
— phoenix calida is not here for your shit (@uppittynegress) September 8, 2023
Ashton Kutcher making performative support for sex trafficking victims his pet project and then supporting a rapist.. I have to laugh
— Kylie Cheung (@kylietcheung) September 8, 2023
Some vowed to stop supporting Ashton and Mila.
Disgusting. Cancel these fuckers too. Ppl who cant look past their friendship when their friend is a sicko/monster/rapist are just as disgusting. Gotta stop supporting these two. @MilaKunisv and #AshtonKutcher https://t.co/GWDfjHhQay
— 35 Savage (@Mike_FoFo) September 8, 2023
mkay I’m done with ashton and mila
— asuna ❀ (@SUNFLWRMAL) September 8, 2023
"Lost all respect for both of you," one person tweeted in part.
While the two have not publicly responded to the backlash, journalist and TV host Nina Parker tweeted that Ashton allegedly blocked her on Twitter after posting about the letter.
We'll see if Ashton and Mila directly respond.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.