From the moment she walked into his 25-person party in the Diamond Suite at San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel that fateful September 23 night, Sara Leal could tell Ashton Kutcher was out to seduce her.
"He'd graze my leg or, like, grab my hand a little bit," Leal, 22, reveals to Us' Melanie Bromley in her first interview since hooking up with the married Two and a Half Men star.
After doing shots together, the actor made her a vodka Sprite cocktail. Then, as the sun rose, he made his move, suggesting that the administrative assistant and her friend get in the hot tub on the balcony. "I started looking for towels," says Leal. Kutcher, 33, followed Leal into the bathroom. "He just came up and kissed me."
Moments later, they all got into the hot tub, completely naked. When another girl joined them and point-blank asked, "Aren’t you married?" Leal recalls, he fell quiet for a few seconds, then replied, "I'm separated." The Texas native took him at his word. (She later learned that it was, in fact, his sixth anniversary with wife Demi Moore, 49, from whom he was not legally separated.) As partygoers dwindled, the seduction moved to the bedroom, where they had sex twice. "He was a good lover," says Leal. "But if I had known from the beginning he was married, none of this would have happened."
US: How did you end up at the party?
SL: My friend texted me. One of our mutual friends had a room right next to Ashton. We went to see what was going on and they let us in. He was in the bathroom with some girls just talking, so we went up and introduced ourselves.
US: Were you shocked when he asked you to go in the hot tub?
SL: When you're this age, drinking after hours, you'd get in a hot tub. I didn't think it was out of the ordinary. I wasn't self-conscious about getting naked.
US: But people on another balcony could see you?
SL: I was sitting on his lap and then these strange people came out from next door and kept trying to talk to us. Ashton was like, "Let's go inside." I ran in first and he and my friend followed me. He said, "Go in my room and shut the door."
US: What time was this? Was anyone still at the party?
SL: Around 6 in the morning. There was a person passed out on the couch and the bodyguard, who was wearing a priest outfit. I went in Ashton's room and put a robe on and got one for my friend. She sat down on the bed with both of us. Ashton was just in his towel and we were sitting in like a little triangle. We were just talking.
US: When did things get intimate?
SL: Ashton and I started kissing and then he kissed my friend. He was rubbing my leg and he asked my friend, "Would you be comfortable rubbing Sara's leg?" And she was like, 'Yes.' Then he started asking us weird questions, like if we were taking birth control. My friend was like, "That's kind of private!' And he was like, "It's a legitimate question." My friend said she was and I was like, "No." He asked if we had ever had a threesome. I said no.
US: Then what happened?
SL: I had to pee so I got up. I was so nervous. When I came back, my friend was gone. He was like, "Well, she left. I told her that if she was uncomfortable she could leave." He was lying down on the bed, so I just laid down next to him. We started kissing again. He lost his towel and I took my robe off. Then we had sex.
US: How would you describe him as a lover?
SL: He was good. We weren't, like, making love, but it wasn't weird or perverted.
US: Did he wear a condom?
SL: No, he didn't.
US: Did that worry you at all?
SL: It kind of caught me off guard, but we still did it.
US: Was he tender after sex?
SL: Um, he had his arm around me and he started asking me questions -— where I grew up and my birthday. He's an Aquarius too, so he talked about our traits. I told him I was religious.
US: Are you?
SL: I'm not hard-core but I believe in God and grew up going to church. I told him I was a Lutheran from Texas. He said, "Oh, my gosh! Are you a Republican?" I was like, "What? Do you like Obama?" He said, "Yeah," and asked if I could name up-and-coming candidates. I said Rick Perry. He asked if I'd vote for him. I said I didn't know and he laughed. He laughed at pretty much everything I said.
US: Did he ask anything else?
SL: He asked about my parents and if they were still together. I told him my parents divorced when I was 6. He was like, "Let me guess: You don't believe in love."
US: Demi's parents split before she was born.
SL: I was like, "I believe in love, but not really." And he was like, "Well, you shouldn't feel like that. You just need to believe thatstuff is real." I stayed quiet and we started to have sex again.
US: Did he instigate it again?
SL: Yes, and then we fell asleep. Probably like 8 a.m. he woke up and asked where my phone was. I was like, "It's in my purse right there." He grabbed it and I saw him click on my text messages in-box.
US: Your in-box?! Had you sent any texts about him?
SL: No, well… one of my best girlfriends who doesn't live in California texted me when I first got to the place and asked what I was doing. I was like, "I'm partying with Ashton Kutcher!" She and some other random friends texted me "Where are you?"
US: And Ashton read them.
SL: Yes. I was like, "No, no, no," and was laughing. We were fighting for my phone. But he wasn't mad. He just said flat-out, "See, this is stuff I can't have happen." I offered to delete them. Then the bodyguard, the guy in the priest outfit, I guess heard us being loud and he came in and took my phone out of my hand.
US: And he kept it?
SL: Yes. He said, "You can have this when you leave." I was kind of sketched out.
US: Then what happened?
SL: Ashton and I were talking. He was like, "I enjoy things like this because I'm an actor 90 percent of the time and it's fake. It's nice to have moments that are real. I'm here now, you're here now, enjoying it." Then we started dozing again.
US: When did you wake up?
SL: Around 9:30. I woke up sober, obviously. And it kind of hit me like, Oh, my God, I gotta get outta here. He stood up and we started kissing again. But I felt self-conscious because my hair was a mess, my makeup was smeared and I was hungover. I just wanted to leave. Ashton moved my robe apart and was like, "Wow, you're pretty." I was like, "What are you doing?" And he said, "Just making sure. I did good, I did good." We kissed goodbye and I walked out of the room. The bodyguard was outside and he said, "Yeah, your phone is right there." He had gone through all my messages.
US: That's so weird.
SL: Yeah, he was just sitting on the couch like he hadn't slept a wink. He was like, "You need to leave before Ashton. You can't walk out together." I was like, "I wasn't planning on it. I was looking for my shoes." He shook my hand, told me his name was Luke, and I thought, OK, weirdo, and left. I got in the first cab that I saw.
US: And you knew you would never see Ashton again?
SL: Yeah, pretty much! He's a nice person, but I'm not looking to find him or anything like that.
US: When did you find out he was married?
US: I saw pictures of him and Demi and I thought, Is that real? I just feel like it's La-La Land made-up stuff. Obviously, in Hollywood they're together, but I didn't know if that was even a real marriage. I did feel kind of awkward, so I shut the computer.
US: Have you heard from Ashton? Did his people ask you to keep quiet?
US: Is there anything you would say to Demi?
SL: If they're happily married then I feel bad, yes. It's not something I'm willing to do again. He said he was separated and it felt natural. I do believe in marriage — and when I get married I would take it seriously. I wouldn't cheat on my husband.