Ashton Kutcher Is Back On Instagram Three Months After He And Mila Kunis Were Exposed For Writing Letters In Support Of Danny Masterson

In September, Ashton and Mila issued a poorly received public apology after their letters in support of convicted rapist Danny Masterson were leaked online.

This story contains discussion of sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Ashton Kutcher has returned to Instagram three months after he and Mila Kunis were forced to apologize for letters they wrote in support of Danny Masterson.

Close-up of Ashton at a media event

On Thursday, the actor celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with an Instagram post to his 5.2 million followers.

Close-up of Ashton wearing a bow tie at a media event

“We see miracles happen when we make miracles happen for others #happyhanukkah,” he wrote beside a photograph of a menorah with the first candles lit.

Though Ashton is not Jewish himself, his wife, Mila, is, and the pair have been known to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah with their two children, Wyatt and Dimitri.

Close-up of Ashton and Mila at a media event

Ashton’s holiday message is the first Instagram post since he and Mila issued an apology after their letters in support of a convicted rapist leaked online earlier this year.

Close-up of Ashton and Danny with a tasseled curtain behind them

In case you need a reminder, Ashton, Mila, and Danny have been close friends since they worked together on That ’70s Show throughout the late '90s and 2000s. It was during their time on the series that Danny drugged and raped two women at his Hollywood Hills home.

Close-up of Ashton, Danny, and Mila smiling

After being found guilty of the crimes in May, Danny was eventually sentenced to 30 years to life in prison in September.

Close-up of Danny wearing a plaid shirt

It was only a few days after his sentencing that court documents revealed that Ashton and Mila were among Danny’s close friends and family who wrote written letters to the judge asking for leniency ahead of the sentencing.

Close-up of Ashton and Mila smiling and sitting together

In his letter, Ashton described Danny as a “role model” and asked the judge to reduce his sentence, saying that his former costar and friend is a not an “ongoing harm to society” and that it would be a “tertiary injustice” for his daughter to be “raised without a present father.”

Close-up of Ashton with his arm around Danny

Meanwhile, Mila spoke of Danny’s “exceptional character” and wrote that he had a “tremendous positive influence” on her and “the people around him.”

Close-up of Ashton and Mila at a media event

Notably, Mila also praised his “dedication to leading a drug-free life,” which people found especially troubling in light of the fact that Danny used drugs on the women he raped.

Close-up of Danny wearing a mask in court

Needless to say, the couple were faced with intense backlash over the letters, prompting them to issue an apology — which ultimately made matters worse.

Close-up of Ashton and Mila smiling and sitting together

In the apology video, which Ashton shared to his Instagram page, the pair start by saying that they “support victims” and go on to explain that they wrote the letters at the request of Danny’s family, to “represent the person that [they] knew for 25 years.”

“The letters were not written to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling,” Mila says to the camera before Ashton adds that the letters “were intended for the judge to read and not to undermine the testimony of the victims or retraumatize them in any way.”

Close-up of Ashton and Mila at a media event

“We would never want to do that. And we’re sorry if that has taken place,” he goes on.

Close-up of Ashton and Mila onstage

For a number of reasons, the “insincere” video was met with fierce criticism, with one Instagram user calling it an “apology that lacked accountability.”

Close-up of Ashton and Mila sitting together in an audience

A lot of people also took issue with the fact that Ashton and Mila didn’t explicitly apologize for writing the letters, but said that they were only “intended for the judge to read.” The backlash became so intense that Ashton was forced to disable the comments on the video.

Close-up of Ashton behind Mila with his arms around her

In the time since, both Ashton and Mila have maintained a low profile — aside from a text message Ashton shared to his dedicated mailing list days after the apology video was uploaded on Sept. 9.

“A friend said something me today: We have one heart we can fill in with hatred or love,” he wrote to fans who had previously signed up to the messaging community. “I chose love,” he added.

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It goes without saying, fans weren’t impressed by the move in light of recent events, with people labeling the messages “flippant” and tasteless.

Close-up of Ashton sitting on a couch on a talk show

Days after this, Time magazine reported that Ashton had stepped down from his position as chair of the board of Thorn, which is the anti–child sex abuse organization he founded back in 2009 alongside his ex-wife, Demi Moore.

Close-up of Ashton running in a race
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