“Sometimes people we have loved and admired do horrible things,” she wrote in a post shared on her Instagram story on Saturday (Sep. 9), per People. “They might not do these things to us and we only know who they were to us but that doesn’t mean they didn’t do horrible things and to discredit the abused is a crime.”
Ricci’s message to her fans got even more personal as she wrote, “Unfortunately I’ve known lots of ‘awesome guys’ who were lovely to me who have been proven to be abusers privately. I’ve also had personal experience with this.”
The Yellowjackets actor concluded her post by writing, “Believe victims. It’s not easy to come forward. It’s not easy to get a conviction.”
Ricci’s social media post comes after news broke that Kutcher and Kunis wrote letters vouching for Masterson’s “exceptional character” ahead of his sentencing last week, when the That ’70s Show actor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on two counts of forcible rape.
Despite their involvement in the case, Kunis maintained that they still “support victims” in the public apology she and her husband issued this past weekend.
âThey were intended for the judge to read and not to undermine the testimony of the victims or re-traumatize them in any way,â Kutcher said. âWe would never want to do that. And weâre sorry if that has taken place.â
Masterson was initially charged with raping three women between 2001 and 2003, during which he was still starring alongside Kutcher and Kunis on ABC’s hit sitcom. His first trial ended in a mistrial before he was convicted on two of the three charges in May of this year.
After Masterson was accused of raping four women, his case was inexplicably delayed in 2017 despite authorities having âoverwhelming evidence,” which Leah Remini claimed was because of his and the LAPD’s ties to the Church of Scientology.
Both of Masterson’s victims provided statements during his recent sentencing.
One Jane Doe said Masterson âhas not shown an ounce of remorse for the pain he caused,â adding, âI knew he belonged behind bars for the safety of all the women he came into contact with. I am so sorry, and Iâm so upset. I wish Iâd reported him sooner to the police.”
If you or someone you know needs to reach out about sexual abuse or assault, RAINN is available 24/7 at 800-656-HOPE (4673), or online at RAINN.org.