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Ashton Kutcher Resigns From Anti-Child-Sex-Abuse Organization After Danny Masterson Letter

Ashton Kutcher Resigns From Anti-Child-Sex-Abuse Organization After Danny Masterson Letter
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Ashton Kutcher resigned from the anti-child-sex-abuse organization he helped create following his letter in support of Danny Masterson.

Ashton Kutcher has resigned from his position as chairman of the board of Thorn, an anti-child-sex-abuse organization he co-founded, in the wake of outrage over his letter of support for Danny Masterson.

Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis have been under fire following the sentencing of That 70s Show actor Danny Masterson earlier this month, who was convicted of raping two women in the early 2000s. Kutcher and Kunis submitted character letters on behalf of their former co-star, in which they both referred to him as a "role model."

Ashton Kutcher resigns from nonprofit

In a letter to Thorn's board on Thursday first shared with TIME, Kutcher officially stepped down from his position as chairman. Kunis, who served as an observer on the organization's board, also stepped down.

"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," he wrote. "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.

Kutcher added: "I cannot allow my error in judgment to distract from our efforts and the children we serve."

Thorn is a nonprofit that combats child trafficking by developing new technologies and repurposing existing technologies to identify and locate victims. Kutcher is no longer listed under their board of directors on their website.

In his letter, the actor also apologized to "victims of sexual violence and everyone at Thorn who I hurt by what I did."

"The mission must always be the priority and I want to offer my heartfelt apology," Kutcher continued. "And to the broader advocacy community, I am deeply sorry. I remain proud of what we have accomplished in the past decade and will continue to support Thorn’s work. Thank you for your tireless advocacy and dedication to this cause."

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