Ashton Kutcher is stepping down as chairman of the board on the anti-child intercourse abuse group he began together with his ex-wife Demi Moore — it is the newest blowback from a letter of assist he wrote for Danny Masterson.
Ashton is leaving Thorn, the org he co-founded in 2012, and so is his spouse Mila Kunis, who was an observer on the group’s board of administrators.
They’re departing as a consequence of public outrage over the letters they wrote to the choose who sentenced Masterson, their fellow “That ’70s Present Star” who was convicted of raping 2 ladies. The letters had been written to tell the choose about Danny’s character — of their eyes — to assist the choose resolve on a sentence, nevertheless it blew up of their faces.
Ashton’s resignation letter to Thorn’s board, obtained by TIME, explains … “Victims of sexual abuse have been traditionally silenced and the character assertion I submitted is one more painful occasion of questioning victims who’re courageous sufficient to share their experiences.”
He continues … “After my spouse and I spent a number of days of listening, private reflection, studying, and conversations with survivors and the workers and management at Thorn, I’ve decided the accountable factor for me to do is resign as Chairman of the Board, successfully instantly.”
Ashton provides, “I can not enable my error in judgment to distract from our efforts and the youngsters we serve.”
He additionally apologized for letting down sexual assault victims and different advocates, writing … “The mission should at all times be the precedence and I need to supply my heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual violence and everybody at Thorn who I damage by what I did. And to the broader advocacy neighborhood, I’m deeply sorry.”
AK testified earlier than Congress just a few years again, passionately laying out his mission to guard abuse victims … and video of his impassioned speech is now being scrutinized within the wake of his Masterson protection.
Ashton and Mila even apologized on video for his or her letters … nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to cease the wave of on-line criticism.