Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis lauded convicted rapist Danny Masterson as 'positive influence' in pre-sentencing letters

18:48 12.09.2023

In a shocking turn of events, comedian Amy Schumer found herself in hot water after making controversial comments on social media. The star, known for her candid and often risque humor, took to X (previously known as Twitter) to make jokes about the character letters of support written by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis for their former co-star, Danny Masterson, who was recently sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for rape.

Schumer's post, which has since been deleted, not only targeted Kutcher and Kunis but also indirectly mocked actress Nicole Kidman. In her apology, Schumer made reference to Masterson's hearing, where the letters were presented to the judge. She wrote, "I want to apologize to all the people I hurt posting a photo of Nicole Kidman and alluding to her being an alien. I will be asking the cast of that '70s show to write letters advocating for my forgiveness."

The since-deleted post quickly attracted attention, with fans and social media users criticizing Schumer for her insensitivity and accusing her of cyberbullying. One user wrote, "You know you're down bad when Amy Schumer of all people uses you to score points." Another questioned, "Why is she doing 'fun' in such a serious matter?" It seems that many were taken aback by Schumer's seeming lack of empathy and poor judgment.

Meanwhile, Kutcher and Kunis also faced backlash for their character letters, which some saw as undermining the testimony of Masterson's victims. The couple took to Instagram to issue an apology, clarifying that their intention was not to discredit or re-traumatize the survivors. They emphasized their support for victims of sexual assault and vowed to continue advocating for them in the future.

The controversy surrounding Masterson's case has only intensified, with actress Christina Ricci adding her voice to the conversation. Ricci took to her Instagram stories to condemn those who support "predators and abusers" solely based on their previous reputations. She urged people to believe victims and not discredit their experiences. Ricci's commentary added fuel to the fire, as she shared her own personal experiences with abusers.

The sentencing of Masterson, best known for his roles in "That '70s Show" and "The Ranch," came after he was found guilty on two counts of forcible rape. The judge presiding over the case received almost 50 letters of support for Masterson, including those from Kutcher and Kunis. Kutcher, who had a close friendship with Masterson, called him a "role model" who had a positive influence on his own life, especially in steering him away from drugs. However, the letters did not sway the judge, who handed down the maximum sentence.

Masterson's legal team plans to appeal the guilty verdict, citing errors in the case and their confidence in overturning the convictions. His lawyer, Shawn Holley, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome, stating, "Mr. Masterson did not commit the crimes for which he has been convicted."

The controversy surrounding this case has raised important questions about the responsibility of public figures to support victims and the potential consequences of their actions. It remains to be seen how the fallout from this incident will impact the careers and public images of those involved.

/ Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 6:48 PM /

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