The fallout continues for Ashton Kutcher in the wake of the news that he wrote a letter of support for his former co-star Danny Masterson, who was convicted on two counts of forcible rape earlier this month.
On Friday, Time revealed that Kutcher has resigned from his position as chairman of the board of Thorn, an anti-child sex abuse organization he founded in 2009 with then-wife Demi Moore.
“Victims of sexual abuse have been historically silenced and the character statement I submitted is yet another painful instance of questioning victims who are brave enough to share their experiences,” Kutcher wrote in a statement to the Thorn board.
“After my wife and I spent several days of listening, personal reflection, learning, and conversations with survivors and the employees and leadership at Thorn, I have determined the responsible thing for me to do is resign as Chairman of the Board, effectively immediately…I cannot allow my error in judgment to distract from our efforts and the children we serve,” he continued.
Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis took to Instagram last weekend to apologize for writing letters in support of Masterson ahead of his sentencing in his Los Angeles rape case. The actor was ultimately sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
“The mission must always be the priority and I want to offer my heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual violence and everyone at Thorn who I hurt by what I did,” Kutcher continued in his letter. :And to the broader advocacy community, I am deeply sorry. I remain proud of what we have accomplished in the past decade and will continue to support Thorn’s work. Thank you for your tireless advocacy and dedication to this cause.”
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