Sydney: Actor Ashton Kutcher has handed over the control of his Twitter account to his management after tweeting support to an ousted university coach who allegedly covered up child sexual abuse.
Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno, 84, was sacked this week by the board of trustees for allegedly turning a blind eye to child molestation carried out by his junior, defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been arrested on charges of molesting and raping eight young boys over 15 years with one of the victims being only 10.
“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,” Kutcher, 33, wrote in a tweet that has since been removed, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The star was immediately criticised by his followers who saw it as an incredibly ill-judged remark considering Kutcher``s public campaigning against child sex trafficking.
Kutcher later revealed that he tweeted before he had the full story.
“As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case,” Kutcher later tweeted.
“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.” He tweeted.
In a more detailed blog post explaining the goof up, Kutcher said his Twitter profile had become too big for a single person to manage hence he was turning over the management of his feed to a company co-founded by him called Katalyst Media.
“Last night after returning home from work I walked by the television and simply saw a headline that Joe Paterno had been fired. Having no more information than that, I assumed he had been fired due to poor performance as an aging coach,” wrote Kutcher in his blog.
“With that assumption (how dare I assume) I posted a tweet defending his career. I then when [sic] about my evening, had some dinner, did a little work, and about an hour later turned on ESPN where I got the full story.”
“I quickly went back on my twitter account and found a hailstorm of responses calling me an ‘idiot’and several other expletives that I’ve become accustom [sic] to hearing for almost anything I post.”
The Two and a Half Men star reiterated that he was sorry he had offended anyone.