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Ashton Kutcher Resigns As Board Chairman Of Anti-Child Sex Abuse Organization After ‘Error In Judgement’ In Danny Masterson Support Letter

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In wake of the controversy surrounding Ashton Kutcher, the actor is stepping down from his role as chairman of the board of Thorn — the anti-child sex abuse organization he co-founded with his ex-wife Demi Moore in 2009.

Kutcher’s wife Mila Kunis is also stepping down from her role as an observer on the organization’s board. The couple’s decision comes amid outrage over their letters of support for former “That ’70s Show” co-star Danny Masterson, who was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison last week for raping two women two decades ago. “Victims of sexual abuse have been historically silenced and the character statement I submitted is yet another painful instance of questioning victims who are brave enough to share their experiences,” Kutcher, 45, wrote in a letter dated Sept.

14 to Thorn’s board, obtained by TIME. READ MORE: Ashton Kutcher Faces More Backlash After Texting Fans ‘I Chose Love’ Amid Danny Masterson Controversy “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, effectively immediately,” he continued. “I cannot allow my error in judgment to distract from our efforts and the children we serve.” Kutcher — who raised over $1 million for Thorn last year by running the New York City marathon — then apologized to sexual assault victims, as well as advocates, for disappointing them. “The mission must always be the priority and I want to offer my heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual violence and everyone at Thorn who I hurt by what I did,” he wrote. “And to the broader advocacy community, I am deeply

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