Kutcher was starring alongside Masterson and serving as an govt producer of The Ranch when the Males at Work alum was fired from the present in December 2017.
“On account of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [December 4, 2017] was his final day on the present, and manufacturing will resume in early 2018 with out him,” Netflix mentioned in a press release on the time.
Kutcher, for his half, addressed the allegations for the primary time throughout a January 2023 interview with Esquire.
“Finally, I can’t know. I’m not the decide. I’m not the jury. I’m not the DA. I’m not the sufferer. And I’m not the accused. And so, in that case, I don’t have an area to remark. I simply don’t know,” he instructed the outlet, including that he hopes Masterson will “be discovered harmless of the costs introduced in opposition to him.”
The Simply Married actor, who famous he’s nonetheless in contact together with his former costar, emphasised that he stands with victims of sexual abuse. “I wholesale really feel for anyone who appears like they have been violated in any method,” he mentioned.
The Two and a Half Males alum went on to specific empathy for Masterson’s daughter, Fianna, whom he shares with spouse Bijou Phillips: “Sometime, his child goes to examine this.”
He and spouse Mila Kunis wrote character reference letters on Masterson’s behalf in 2023 after he was convicted on two counts of rape. The notes sparked backlash the next September after Masterson was sentenced.
Kutcher defined that the letters have been written on the request of Masterson’s household. “A few months in the past, Danny and his household reached out to us, they usually requested us to write down character letters to signify the individual that we knew for 25 years in order that the decide may take that into full consideration, relative to the sentencing,” he mentioned in an Instagram video with Kunis.
“They have been supposed for the decide to learn and to not undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any method,” Kutcher mentioned. “We’d by no means wish to do this, and we’re sorry if that has taken place.”