- Ashton Kutcher testified on Wednesday during the trial of Michael Gargiulo, accused of being the “Hollywood Ripper” who has killed three women.
- The actor told the court he had been romantically pursuing one of the women in 2001.
- Kutcher told the jury that when he arrived at the woman’s house to pick her up for a date he found there was nobody home, and that he later learned that she had been lying dead inside.
- In California, Gargiulo has been charged with murder in the deaths of Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno, as well as attempted murder, between 2001 and 2008; he has pleaded not guilty. He has also separately been charged with killing a woman in Illinois in 1993.
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Ashton Kutcher appeared in court in Los Angeles on Wednesday to testify as a witness at the trial of Michael Gargiulo, accused of being the “Hollywood Ripper” who has killed three young women.
Kutcher told the jury that he freaked out after learning that a woman he was set to go on a date with was actually lying dead inside her home when he went to pick her up, Reuters reported.
The former “Two and a Half Men” star said he went to pick up Ashley Ellerin, a 22-year-old fashion design student, on the night of February 22, 2001, Reuters reported, citing the Los Angeles City News Service.
However, the actor said, nobody answered the door, and he assumed his date had gone out when he turned up late.
“I didn’t really think anything of it,” Kutcher said.
He added that he saw through the window what he thought was red wine spilled on the carpet and all the lights still on.
Deputy District Attorney Dan Akemon told the court that prosecutors believed the stain was actually blood and that Ellerin had already been killed, stabbed 47 times, according to KABC.
“I remember the next day after I heard about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, ‘My fingerprints are on the door.’ I was freaking out,” Kutcher said, according to Sky News.
In California, Gargiulo, 43, has been charged with murder in the deaths of Ellerin and Maria Bruno, as well as attempted murder, between 2001 and 2008; he has pleaded not guilty. He has also been separately charged with killing a woman in Illinois in 1993.
Kutcher was 23 at the time of Ellerin’s death and working on “That ’70s Show.” After divorcing from the actress Demi Moore in 2013, he married his costar Mila Kunis, with whom he now has two children.
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