Law and order: celebs who testified at trials

Ashton Kutcher is helping out at a serial killer's trial

Stars Insider

03/06/19 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY true crime

Court can be a scary place, even for a celebrity. No one's truly above the law, and many celebrities have been sentenced to prison by judges around the world. That said, celebs have also helped out at criminal trials too. Take Ashton Kutcher, who recently made headlines for taking the stand. Sporting a short bushy mustache, and with his hair slicked back, Kutcher looked particularly dashing while mic'd up in the witness stand. Not the most glamorous occasion though, for he was there to testify against an alleged serial killer.

The year was 2001, and Kutcher was becoming a star. He was already cast as Michael Kelso, one of the lead roles in 'That '70s Show.' He also played Jim Morrison in 'Down to You,' and the hilarious Jesse Montgomery III in 'Dude, Where's My Car?'. Before his fairy-tale marriage with Mila Kunis, and his long-running relationship with Demi Moore, Kutcher was a Hollywood bachelor.

Ashley Ellerin was in a different phase of her life. Single too, but not nearly as successful as Kutcher, instead she was working her way up as a fashion student. She worked part-time as a stripper to make extra money. After meeting each other in 2000, they made plans again. Kutcher was to take Ellerin out to a Grammys after-party, living it up with L.A.'s elite. When the actor arrived to meet Ellerin, the door was left unanswered. Kutcher looked through the window and saw what seemed to be a pool of red wine on the floor. Kutcher left, assuming she had just blown him off, but the young Ellerin was later discovered murdered in her home. 

Michael Gargiulo stands accused as the Hollywood Ripper, an alleged serial killer with many young bodies to his name. Specifically, Garguilo has been accused of killing three women, and attempting to murder a fourth. Here's not the place to discuss the case, but the trial is expected to last up to six months or a year.

Of course, Ashton Kutcher isn't the first celebrity who has taken the stand. Whether to protect friends, family, or themselves, plenty of celebs have appeared at court to tell the truth, from Macaulay Culkin's defense of Michael Jackson to Naomi Campbell's testimony at a war crimes trial. Click on to meet the other celebs who have testified at court.


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