Los Angeles, May 30: ‘Two and a Half Men’ star Ashton Kutcher has testified at a murder trial here that he went to pick up a 22-year-old fashion-design student to go out for drinks one night 18 years ago and left when she did not answer her door, only to learn the next day that she had been lying inside dead.
The actor said on Wednesday from the witness stand that he had kept Ashley Ellerin waiting for hours on Feb 21, 2001, when he arrived at her Hollywood home, where he had been to a party about a week earlier.
"I knocked on the door and there was no answer," Kutcher said in the packed downtown courtroom during the trial of Michael Gargiulo, who is charged with killing Ellerin and another woman. "I knocked again, and once again, no answer. At this point I pretty well assumed she had left for the night, and that I was late, and she was upset."
CBS News reported that Kutcher said he looked through the window and saw what he thought were wine stains on the floor, but did not find that alarming, and left. "I remember the next day after I heard about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, "My fingerprints are on the door," Kutcher testified. "I was freaking out."
Prosecutors said Gargiulo, 43, killed three women, including Ellerin, who was friends with the actor. On Wednesday, Kutcher said he had called Ellerin in the afternoon from the set of "That '70s Show," where he had just finished rehearsing. He last spoke to her at about 8. 30 pm (local time), when he said he was at a friend's house and she was just getting out of the shower.
Ellerin was found brutally stabbed to death by her roommate the next morning. Prosecutors describe Gargiulo as a "methodical and systematic" killer. He is accused of attacking at least four women, three in California and one in Illinois.