Offering a “heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual violence and everyone at Thorn who I hurt by what I did,” as well as the “broader advocacy community,” Kutcher added, “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.”
Kutcher and then-wife Demi Moore launched Thorn in 2012 after learning about “the issue of child sex trafficking from a documentary highlighting what was happening to children in Cambodia,” according to the organization’s website. As part of his role as co-founder, he testified at a 2017 hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to examine the United States’ progress in ending modern slavery and human trafficking.
The 45-year-old’s resignation from Thorn comes a week after letters he and Kunis, 40, penned to a judge presiding over Masterson’s sentencing were made public. In documents obtained by E! News, Kutcher described Masterson—who was convicted on two counts of rape in May but has denied any wrongdoing—as an “excellent” role model who had been “nothing but a positive influence on me.”