Ashton Kutcher has decided to step down from his position as chairman of the board of Thorn, an anti-child sex abuse nonprofit organization that he co-founded. This decision follows the controversy surrounding letters he and his wife Mila Kunis wrote to the judge overseeing the sexual assault trial of their former colleague, Danny Masterson, just before his sentencing.

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In his resignation letter, Kutcher expressed his commitment to Thorn’s mission but acknowledged his error in judgment. He stated that he did not want his actions to distract from the organization’s efforts and the children it serves. He also apologized to victims of sexual violence and the broader advocacy community, acknowledging the historical silencing of such victims and the harm caused by questioning their experiences.

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Kutcher emphasized that the mission of Thorn should always be the priority and thanked the advocacy community for their dedication to the cause. He pledged his continued support for Thorn’s work.

The organization acknowledged Kutcher’s decision in a post, highlighting its commitment to remaining focused on its mission to protect children from sexual abuse.

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Kutcher and Kunis, who co-starred with Masterson in “That ’70s Show,” were among nearly 50 individuals who wrote character letters on behalf of Masterson to the judge ahead of his sentencing. Masterson was subsequently sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for two counts of forcible rape.

Following the sentencing, Kutcher and Kunis issued a joint video statement on Instagram, apologizing for the pain their letters had caused and affirming their support for victims of sexual assault. They emphasized their commitment to supporting victims through their work.