Powerhouse Celebrities Rally Behind Masterson with Influential Support Letters

In a surprising turn of events, nearly 50 people have come forward to support Danny Masterson, former star of That ’70s Show, ahead of his sentencing for the rape of two women in 2003. Among those lending their voices are prominent Hollywood figures Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Masterson’s co-stars on the beloved sitcom. Both Kutcher and Kunis pleaded with Judge Charlaine Olmedo to show leniency towards Masterson, referring to him as a “role model” and highlighting his “exceptional character,” according to reports from CNN and People.

In their letters, Kutcher and Kunis emphasized Masterson’s commitment to living a drug-free life and encouraging others to do the same. They also praised his loyalty, honesty, and strong work ethic. Kutcher expressed his belief that Masterson is not a threat to society and argued that depriving his daughter of a present father would be unjust. “While I understand that Masterson has been found guilty of two counts of rape by force and the victims deserve justice, I hope that my testimony regarding his character will be taken into consideration during his sentencing,” wrote Kutcher.

Kutcher and Kunis were not the only celebrities to support Masterson. Other That ’70s Show cast members, including Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, as well as actors Billy Baldwin, Giovanni Ribisi, and Marissa Ribisi, who are also members of the Church of Scientology like Masterson, wrote in his defense, according to People and NBC News. Giovanni Ribisi described Masterson as a “central figure in my peer group” and commended him for his integrity, anti-drug stance, opposition to violence, and his respect for women and children.

The publication Wrap acknowledges the significant online reaction to the news of these letters, with many expressing surprise. While some argue that it is understandable for co-stars like Kutcher and Kunis to stand by their friend, others lack sympathy. One commenter stated, “This Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis news is surprising, given how much they speak out against sexual violence.” The complete letters can be found on the website of court reporter Meghann Cuniff, who originally published them along with journalist Tony Ortega, here. Masterson, who has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, plans to appeal his conviction. (Read more about Danny Masterson’s case.)