The couple were among several celebrities, friends and family members who reportedly penned letters to Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo ahead of Masterson’s Thursday, September 7, sentencing. Masterson, 47, was sentenced to 30 years to life behind bars after being convicted of two counts of rape.
“As a friend, Danny has been nothing but a positive influence on me,” Kutcher, 45, wrote in his letter of support, obtained by The Underground Bunker, which specializes in news about Scientology, on Friday, September 8. “Over [a] 25-year relationship I don’t ever recall him lying to me. He’s taught me about being direct and confronting issues in life and relationships head-on, resolving them, and moving forward.”
He went on to call Masterson a “role model,” noting that he did not fall “into the typical Hollywood life of drugs” and writing that Masterson was a big advocate for supporting firefighters affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“I hope that my testament to his character is taken into consideration in sentencing,” Kutcher concluded. “I do not believe he is an ongoing harm to society and having his daughter raised without a present father would [be] a tertiary injustice in and of itself.”
Kunis, who shares two kids with Kutcher, vouched for Masterson’s alleged “exceptional character” in her own letter of support. “Danny has proven to be an amazing friend, confidant, and, above all, an outstanding older brother figure to me,” she wrote. “His caring nature and ability to offer guidance have been instrumental in my growth both personally and professionally.”
Also highlighting his promotion of a “drug-free lifestyle” and “extraordinary” parenting skills, Kunis said Masterson “has had a transformative impact on my life, instilling in me a sense of self-belief and encouraging me to aim for greatness, but all while maintaining a sense of humility.”
Fellow That ‘70s Show cast members Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith also penned support letters for Masterson, along with Phillips, 43, retired NYPD Lieutenant Steven Mona, The Ranch writer and creator Jim Patterson, Masterson’s siblings and more.
Kunis and Kutcher — who wed in 2015 — starred alongside Masterson That ‘70s Show from 1998 to 2006. In 2017, Masterson was accused of sexual assault by multiple women during his time on the sitcom in the early 2000s. Following the allegations, which he denied at the time, he was written off his and Kutcher’s Netflix series The Ranch.
He was arrested in June 2020 and charged with three counts of rape, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was released after posting a $3.3 million bail bond. Following a mistrial in November 2022, Masterson’s retrial began in April. He was found guilty in May.