Ashton Kutcher Resigns from Thorn Amid Controversy

Ashton Kutcher Resigns from Child Sex Abuse Organization Thorn

Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of the anti-child sex abuse organization Thorn, has made the decision to step down from his position on the board.

This move comes in the wake of significant controversy surrounding his public letter of support for convicted rapist Danny Masterson.

Kutcher issued an apology for the letter, acknowledging it as an “error in judgment.”

Apology and Acknowledgment of Victims

In a letter addressed to Thorn, Kutcher expressed deep regret for the character reference he and his wife, Mila Kunis, provided for Masterson.

He recognized that such character statements could further silence victims of sexual abuse who courageously share their experiences.

After engaging in conversations with survivors, Thorn employees, and leadership, he concluded that the responsible action was to resign as Chairman of the Board immediately.

Kutcher emphasized his commitment to ensuring that his actions do not detract from Thorn’s essential work in protecting children.

Backlash and Ineffectiveness of Letters

Kutcher and Kunis faced severe backlash following the public revelation of their letters in support of Danny Masterson.

Despite describing Masterson as an “honest” man, these statements had no influence on the judge’s decision.

Masterson was ultimately sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Kutcher’s Advocacy for Child Protection

Ashton Kutcher had been an outspoken advocate for child protection and anti-sex trafficking efforts through his association with Thorn.

He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sharing insights into the horrors of child sex trafficking.

His dedication to this cause was well-recognized.

Masterson’s Conviction and Victim Testimonies

Danny Masterson, a Scientologist, consistently denied the allegations of his victims, who were former members of the church.

He was found guilty of raping two women. In court, his victims recounted the traumatic experiences of being drugged and assaulted.

One victim noted the distressing fact that she couldn’t locate her underwear after the incident.

Bijou Phillips’ Support for Masterson

Throughout the trial, Danny Masterson received support from his wife, actress Bijou Phillips.

Despite his conviction, reports indicate that she currently has no plans to divorce him.

Board Welcomes Kutcher’s Resignation

The board of Thorn welcomed Ashton Kutcher’s resignation, acknowledging his decade-long commitment to child protection issues.

They praised his tireless efforts in building Thorn into a prominent global resource for combatting child sexual exploitation.

Board members expressed their privilege in working alongside him on this mission.

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