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Court Letters – The Hollywood Reporter



The choose overseeing Danny Masterson’s prison case handed the actor the utmost allowable sentence, resisting calls from practically 50 of his household, buddies and colleagues to permit him to serve his jail time period concurrently fairly than consecutively.

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Kurtwood Smith, Debra Rupp and David Coach — all of whom labored alongside Masterson in That ’70s Present — wrote to the courtroom as character references urging Los Angeles Superior Courtroom Choose Charlaine F. Olmedo to supply Masterson leniency in letters dated between July and August, after he was convicted in Might. They largely touted his dedication to discouraging using medicine.

Masterson on Thursday was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail. Although she had the selection to limit his sentence to fifteen years to life, Olmedo declined to take action.

Masterson can be eligible for parole in roughly 25 years, when he’s 72 years previous.

In his letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, which is embedded under, Kutcher referred to as Masterson a “role model,” with “exceptional character.” The actor, who based an anti-human trafficking group, defined, “I attribute not falling into the typical Hollywood life of drugs directly to Danny. Any time that we were to meet someone or interact with someone who was on drugs, or did drugs, he made it clear that that wouldn’t be a good person to be friends with.”

Kunis mentioned that Masterson has been an “exceptional older brother figure” to her. “His dedication to avoiding all substances has inspired not only me but also countless others in our circle,” she wrote. “Danny’s steadfastness in promoting a drug-free lifestyle has been a guiding light in my journey through the entertainment world and has helped me prioritize my well-being and focus on making responsible choices.”

(Kutcher and Kunis later apologized for writing the character letters, with Kunis saying, partially, throughout a joint video with Kutcher, “We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future.”)

Coach, who directed That ’70s Present, mentioned that Masterson was “always strictly opposed to drugs of any kind.” He detailed that the forged “made a pledge to each other, which they keep faithfully, never to do drugs.” Rupp mentioned in her letter that “one of the first things” Masterson did because the “leader of the kids on our show” was to have “them all make a pact that no one would do drugs because of the nature of our show.”

Masterson’s use of medicine to incapacitate his accusers performed a distinguished position within the case. The ladies testified that they had been provided a drink by the actor that rapidly made them really feel intoxicated and didn’t line up with the quantity they consumed. Not like the primary trial, prosecutors had been allowed to instantly argue that Masterson drugged his accusers, which can have helped internet them a conviction in his retrial.

Not one of the actors had been current throughout Masterson’s sentencing when his accusers addressed the courtroom of how the assaults impacted their lives. Different figures in Hollywood that wrote to the courtroom as character references embody Shawn Piller, Justin Mooney, Jim Patterson, Giovanni Ribisi, William Baldwin and Eric Balfour.

Whereas character references can’t harm, Los Angeles lawyer Tre Lovell, who was not concerned within the case, says “they are not that helpful.” He provides, “The victim impact statements are more significant in affecting sentencing than character endorsements” and that “the number of character references, and the nature of the celebrities giving them, had no effect as the judge gave Masterson the maximum sentence.”

Throughout the trial, Masterson’s accusers provided graphic testimony of violent assaults on the actor’s Hollywood house in 2003. In a single occasion, he dragged an accuser right into a jacuzzi earlier than she handed out. She testified that she wakened on a mattress to him forcing himself on her. When she fought again, Masterson choked her and brandished a gun to get her to cease resisting, she mentioned.

“If you were a young woman, who each of these women were at the time, you were far from safe,” Deputy Distric. Legal professional Reinhold Mueller mentioned throughout closing arguments on the primary trial, which resulted in a hung jury. “Because if you were incapacitated in his bed, he would rape you. If you were incapacitated elsewhere in the house, he would come and find you. And if you were at his home and not yet intoxicated, he would offer you the alcohol to get you there and then forcibly rape you.”

The character references — together with these from cops, enterprise leaders and neighbors — additionally praised Masterson as an admirable father and good friend.

Masterson’s legal professionals have mentioned the actor will enchantment the conviction.

Sept. 11, 6 a.m. Up to date to incorporate Kutcher and Kunis’ video apology.


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