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After Danny Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail for 2 counts of sexual assault, actress Christina Ricci is weighing in on supposed good guys being predators.
“So typically individuals now we have beloved and admired do horrible issues. They won’t do this stuff to us and we solely know who they had been to us however that doesn’t imply they didn’t do the horrible issues and to discredit the abused is against the law,” Ricci, 43, wrote by way of her Instagram Story on Saturday, September 9.
She continued: “Folks we all know as ‘superior guys’ will be predators and abusers. It’s powerful to simply accept however now we have to. If we are saying we help victims — ladies, kids, males [and] boys — then we should take this stance.”
Ricci’s observe comes days after Masterson, 47, was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail after his sexual assault retrial. (The That 70’s Present alum had been discovered responsible in Could on two counts of rape following previous incidents from the early 2000s.)
Masterson vehemently denied the accusations in opposition to him and several other of his buddies — together with That 70’s Present costars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher — wrote letters to the choose on his behalf to advocate for a lowered sentence. The character letters had been launched on Friday, September 8, by way of The Underground Bunker, which focuses on protecting information about Scientology.
Kunis and Kutcher’s notes sparked backlash amongst followers, who denounced them for supporting an alleged abuser.
“We’re conscious of the ache that has been attributable to the character letters that we wrote on behalf of Danny Masterson,” Kutcher, 45, mentioned in a Saturday Instagram video. “They had been meant for the choose to learn and to not undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any manner. We’d by no means need to try this, and we’re sorry if that has taken place.”
Kunis, 40, added: “Our coronary heart goes out to each single one that’s ever been a sufferer of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape.”
Kutcher and Kunis — who bought married in 2015 — have advocated in opposition to youngster abuse by means of their nonprofit THORN, which they identified of their apology video.
Ricci, for her half, seemingly took intention on the letters glorifying Masterson’s accomplishments amid his assault scandal. “Sadly I’ve identified numerous ‘superior guys’ who had been beautiful to me, who’ve been confirmed to be abusers privately,” the Yellowjackets star added. “I’ve additionally had private expertise with this.”
Ricci concluded: “Imagine victims. It’s not simple to come back ahead. It’s not simple to get a conviction.”
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Ricci seemingly alluded to her previous marriage with ex-husband James Heerdegen when citing her “private expertise” with abusers.
Us Weekly broke the information in July 2020 that Ricci was granted an emergency protecting order in opposition to Heerdegen, 44, after police had been known as to their shared residence on home violence claims. Below the order, the pair had been unable to have any contact. Heerdegen was not arrested nor did he handle the allegations on the time. The pair, who share 8-year-old son Freddie, finalized their divorce in December 2022. The actress has since been granted sole authorized custody of Freddie with Heerdegen receiving visitation rights.
Ricci has moved on with hairstylist Mark Hampton, whom she wed in October 2021. They welcomed daughter Cleopatra two months later in December 2021.
Should you or somebody you recognize are experiencing home violence, please name the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential help. In case you have skilled sexual assault, name the Nationwide Sexual Assault Phone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 for confidential help.