• Danny Masterson is an American television actor
  • He was recently sentenced to 30 years for rape
  • Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have shown support

Masterson rose to fame on 'That '70s Show' co-starring actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. The three became very close friends on the show, and now CNN reports that the couple wrote reference letters of support on behalf of Danny Masterson before he was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years to life in prison.

Kutcher and Kunis are married and carried out a joint effort to help Danny make his case. In their letters, first published by Los Angeles court reporter Meghann Cuniff and journalist Tony Ortega, they vouch for Masterson’s character and pleaded with the judge for leniency.

Danny's friends still believe in him

But they weren't the only ones who reached out to the courts in support, as sources claim. The famous couple were among almost 50 others who submitted letters in support of Masterson. The actor was convicted in May on two counts of rape and it seems like there will be ne chance to appeal now.

"While I’m aware that the judgement has been cast as guilty on two counts of rape by force and the victims have a great desire for justice. I hope that my testament to his character is taken into consideration in sentencing," Ashton wrote. "I do not believe he is an ongoing harm to society [...] As a role model, Danny has consistently been an excellent one. I attribute not falling into the typical Hollywood life of drugs directly to Danny."

Kutcher then shared an incident to favor Danny's character, from a pizza parlor where Masterson allegedly stepped in to help a stranger who was being "berated" by her boyfriend. "We had never met or seen these people before, but Danny was the first person to jump to the defense of this girl. It was an incident he didn’t have to get involved in but proactively chose to because the way this man was behaving was not right. He has always treated people with decency, equality, and generosity."

Above and beyond that, he argued for Danny's truthfulness. Kutcher's letter mentioned Masterson as "an extraordinarily honest and intentional human being," and said he couldn't recall a time his costar told a lie.

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On the other hand, this was Mila's plea:

"I wholeheartedly vouch for Danny Masterson’s exceptional character and the tremendous positive influence he has had on me and the people around him. His dedication to leading a drug-free life and the genuine care he extends to others make him an outstanding role model and friend," she confessed.

She also added, "From the very beginning, I could sense his innate goodness and genuine nature. His caring nature and ability to offer guidance have been instrumental in my growth both personally and professionally."

As reported by them, CNN has reached out to representatives for Kunis and Kutcher for comment. Throughout this entire ordeal, Masterson has maintained his innocence and plans to appeal his conviction, but it's not clear yet if the courts will allow that now!