Ashton Kutcher has resigned as chairman of the board of Thorn, the anti-child intercourse abuse organisation he co-founded in 2009.
His spouse Mila Kunis, who served as an observer on Thorn’s board, can also be stepping down, Time journal report.
Their resignations come following widespread condemnation of their letters of help to their That 70s Present co-star, Danny Masterson, who was lately convicted of raping two girls.
In a letter to the organisation, Kutcher stated the letters that he and his spouse wrote have been an “error in judgement”.
“Victims of sexual abuse have been traditionally silenced and the character assertion I submitted is yet one more painful occasion of questioning victims who’re courageous sufficient to share their experiences,” he stated.
“After my spouse and I spent a number of days of listening, private reflection, studying, and conversations with survivors and the workers and management at Thorn, I’ve decided the accountable factor for me to do is resign as chairman of the board, successfully instantly.”
The celebrities have been hit with a backlash after the letters, which asked the judge for leniency when sentencing Masterson, have been made public.
In his letter, Kutcher had described Masterson as a “devoted and constant” husband and father.
In her letter, Kunis wrote: “All through our time collectively, Danny has confirmed to be a tremendous pal, confidant, and, above all, an impressive older brother determine to me.”
The pair later said “sorry” in a video, saying they did not imply to “undermine the testimony of the victims” and apologised if that they had “retraumatised them in any means”.
Kutcher and Kunis met Masterson on That 70s Present.
Masterson was found guilty of raping two women and sentenced to 30 years to life behind bars.