Ashton Kutcher continues to show remorse over his initial support of dethroned Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, following the 84-year-old’s firing from the institution for a tepid response to accusations his underling Jerry Sandusky molested boys for a 15-year span. Read more below:
After a series of apologies on Thursday — and a vow he’d turn the account over to a management team who will filter everything that is tweeted — the Two and a Half Men star sent two more tweets late Thursday, again admitting his wrongdoing.
Ashton first tweeted:
“What’s a picture worth?” linking to a pic of himself standing next to a sign that read, “I’m with stupid.”
He then added,
“I’m just trying to be a good person.”
As we previously reported, the 33-year-old Butterfly Effect star sent out an angry tweet reacting to Wednesday night’s news of Paterno’s ouster, but later admitted he was unaware of the Sandusky sex scandal that led to him being fired from the university.
“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,” Kutcher tweeted to more than 8 million followers. (He later deleted it.)
Immediately, Kutcher was greeted with a firestorm of negative responses, provoking the actor to explain that he spoke too soon and wasn’t aware of all the facts in the matter.
“As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case,” wrote Kutcher, who runs The Demi and Ashton Foundation, a nonprofit he set up with wife Demi Moore to help end child sex slavery. “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”
Kutcher’s account was the first to have more than 1 million followers, edging CNN for the milestone in April of 2009.