On Thursday 7 September 2023, That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years to life for the rapes of two women. Shortly after, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis faced backlash for sending letters of support to a judge back when their That ’70s Show co-star was first convicted.
Both attacks were said to have taken place in Masterson’s home in the Hollywood area in 2003, when he was starring in That ’70s Show.
Over the weekend, the married couple took to social media to share a—let’s be honest here—insincere apology video in which they attempted to justify why they had initially decided to stand by Masterson.
As netizens dissected the video, highlighting odd facial expressions on Kunis’ end for example, one of the women who came forward against Masterson called it “incredibly insulting and hurtful.” But little did the celebrity couple know, this accidental return in the media’s spotlight would uncover more problematic behaviour from their past—Kutcher’s past, to be precise.
A resurfaced clip from a 2003 episode of MTV’s hidden camera reality TV series Punk’d shows the 45-year-old actor speak about his latest prank victim, the then 15-year-old Hilary Duff (who’s now 35), during the introduction segment.
“Hilary Duff is in Lizzie McGuire, she also has an album out. She’s going to be in a movie called Cheaper by the Dozen. And she’s one of the girls that we’re all waiting for to turn 18. Along with the Olsen twins,” Kutcher jokingly said.
While Duff was just 15 at the time, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would have been 17 years old, while Kutcher was 25 years old.
But that’s not even the worth video that was recently unearthed—another older clip of Kutcher went viral, where during a joint 2002 interview with his wife Kunis (now 40), she revealed that Masterson bet Kutcher to “French kiss” her when she was a “14-year-old little girl.”
Kutcher was 20 years old at the time.
Christina Ricci shared a statement on social media which many interpreted as a comment on Kutcher and Kunis’ support letters.
“So sometimes people we have loved and admired do horrible things. They might not do these things to us and we only know who they were to us but that doesn’t mean they didn’t do the horrible things and to discredit the abused is a crime,” the Yellowjackets star shared in an Instagram Story.
She continued: “People we know as ‘awesome guys’ can be predators and abusers. It’s tough to accept but we have to. If we say we support victims—women, children, men, boys—then we must be able to take this stance.”