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Taryn Manning defends ‘friend’ Danny Masterson after rape sentencing: ‘He made a mistake’

Taryn Manning publicly defended her “friend” Danny Masterson after the convicted rapist was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

The “Orange Is the New Black” star took to Instagram in the predawn hours of Monday to rip into everyone “crucifying” the disgraced actor for his “mistake.”

“You humiliated somebody that I actually really loved and cared for,” she began her lengthy video, adding, “I’m all the way in with everything that I’ve always stood for that I was hiding secretly.”

“There’s no human on this planet that doesn’t deserve to have the best life and to be happy and free because you are made in the image of the good Lord, made perfectly just the way you are,” Manning, 44, told her followers.

“And the fact that people wanna just tear us all down, like even with my friend Danny going to prison for 30 years. Yeah, he made a mistake, but everyone just keep going, keep crucifying him, as if he’s not already suffering.”

Taryn Manning
Taryn Manning defended her “friend” Danny Masterson after he was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for two rapes.

Danny Masterson
“He made a mistake, but everyone just keep going, keep crucifying him, as if he’s not already suffering,” she said.

The actress went on to say that the “That ’70s Show” star, 47, “gets it” and “got it” before encouraging critics to “leave him alone.”

She also claimed that she is “80 percent deaf” and has “come a long way” with her “speech impediment.”

Manning informed “everybody that thinks [she’s] on drugs or drunk” that she tends to “fall back into [her] tendencies, which is a little bit of a lisp,” whenever she is not actively working.

Danny Masterson, Jennie Garth and Taryn Manning
The actress encouraged critics to “leave him alone.”

In the accompanying caption, the “Crossroads” star called Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis — who recently issued an apology after their letters of support for Masterson went public — “the biggest disgrace of the year” for “back peddling.”

Manning urged her fans to “stand for something in life” before disabling the comments on her post.

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Last Thursday, Masterson — a devout Scientologist — was ordered to spend at least the next three decades behind bars for two rapes he committed in 2003.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Manning also called Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis “the biggest disgrace of the year” for “back peddling.”

The following day, his former co-stars Kutcher and Kunis’ letters praising his character — which they sent to the judge ahead of his sentencing — went viral.

Kutcher, 45, called Masterson “a positive influence,” “a role model” and “an extraordinarily honest and intentional human being.”

The “Two and a Half Men” actor went on to state that he does not believe his former “The Ranch” co-star “is an ongoing harm to society” and argued that the latter’s 9-year-old daughter, Fianna, being raised without her father is a “tertiary injustice in and of itself.”

Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson
The couple recently issued an apology after their letters of support for their “That ’70s Show” co-star went public.

Kunis, for her part, described Masterson as an “amazing friend,” “confidant” and “outstanding older brother figure.”

The “Friends with Benefits” actress, 40, claimed the “Dracula 2000” actor “has consistently displayed a profound sense of responsibility and care for those around him” and that he “demonstrates grace and empathy in every situation.”

The married couple also made sure to highlight Masterson’s alleged anti-drug stance.

Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson
Masterson, who shares a child with wife Bijou Phillips, was sentenced last week after being convicted in May.
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Amid fierce criticism and allegations of hypocrisy, Kutcher and Kunis uploaded an Instagram video Saturday in which they claimed they “support victims” and that their letters “were not written to question the legitimacy of the judicial system or the validity of the jury’s ruling.”

They also noted that their letters were “intended for the judge.”

Masterson — who shares Fianna with his wife, Bijou Phillips — was found guilty in May of raping two women. A third accuser’s case was ultimately dismissed.

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