In a shocking turn of events, actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher has resigned from the charity he co-founded, Thorn, which is dedicated to combating child sexual abuse. The decision follows public outrage over a letter of support written by Kutcher and his wife, Mila Kunis, to a judge after the conviction of their former colleague, Danny Masterson, on rape charges.
Danny Masterson, known for his role in “That ’70s Show,” was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for the rape of two women. In a controversial move, both Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis penned letters expressing support for Masterson during his legal proceedings.
However, the letters were met with widespread criticism from victims’ rights advocates and advocacy groups. As the backlash intensified, Kutcher and Kunis issued an apology, acknowledging their “error in judgment.”
In his resignation letter addressed to Thorn’s board and shared publicly, Ashton Kutcher attributed his decision to the recent events and expressed remorse for his actions. He emphasized the importance of not allowing his misjudgment to overshadow the charity’s mission and the children it serves.
“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, effective immediately,” Kutcher stated in the letter. “I cannot allow my error in judgment to distract from our efforts and the children we serve.”
Thorn, co-founded by Kutcher and his ex-wife Demi Moore in 2012, is a prominent organization dedicated to combatting the sexual exploitation of children, with a strong focus on addressing online threats. The charity’s mission includes identifying child victims and removing potentially abusive content from the internet. To date, Thorn claims to have identified 27,000 child victims and removed over two million files related to potential child sexual abuse.
In his resignation message, Kutcher expressed deep regret for his letter of support for Masterson, which he acknowledged as yet another instance of questioning and discrediting victims who bravely share their experiences. He emphasized that this goes against the very principles the organization has worked to uphold over the past decade.
As Ashton Kutcher steps down from his role in Thorn, the charity now faces the challenge of moving forward amidst controversy, while continuing its critical mission to protect and support children who are victims of sexual exploitation.