Actor Ashton Kutcher testified today in the trial of a man prosecutors say is a “serial sexual-thrill killer,” TMZ reports.
“Kutcher was in an L.A. courthouse testifying in the trial of Michael Gargiulo — aka the ‘Hollywood Ripper’ — who’s accused of attacking 4 women with a knife and killing 3 of them over the span of 15 years,” TMZ reports. “Among them is Ashley Ellerin, a friend of Kutcher’s who was supposed to be his date to a Grammys after-party in February 2001 but never showed. Kutcher reportedly went to her house to check on her but she didn’t answer, so he left.”
Kutcher characterized Ellerin as “an acquaintance” but said he had some interest in her, TMZ notes.
The actor reportedly testified that he went to Ellerin’s home around 10:45 p.m. on the night of the Grammys.
“He knocked on her door but no one answered. He looked through a side window and saw what he thought was red wine spilled on the floor. So, he left,” TMZ reports, describing Kutcher’s testimony. “The next morning Ashley was found dead in her home outside her bathroom, with more than 47 stab wounds, and authorities say Gargiulo was the murderer.”
Gargiulo is also accused of killing his 18-year-old neighbor, Tricia Pacaccio, in Illinois in 1993, and of murdering his neighbor in L.A., Maria Bruno, in 2005.