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Ashton Kutcher has decided to bail from Twitter.
Kutcher has been catching heat for a Tweet he sent out in support of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno was fired Wednesday (November 9) for his mishandling of a sex abuse scandal involving young boys and former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky has been charged with 40 criminal counts, accusing him of serial sex abuse of minors according to the Huffington Post. Including one incident where a graduate assistant saw him molesting a 10-year old boy in the Penn State locker room. The graduate assistant immediately notifies Paterno, who does not report the incident.
The fallout from Sandusky's November 5th arrest for crimes that went on from 1996 through 2009, included the firing of Joe Paterno by the university.
Upon learning of Paterno's firing, Kutcher Tweeted, "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."
The reaction from his followers was swift. Fans upset that he could be so ill-informed on the situation started Tweeting and retweeing angry messages aimed at the "Two and a Half Men" star.
"Ashton Kutcher: Against child trafficking unless it involves college football."
"Ashton Kutcher and Rick Perry should just hold each other till the sun rises."
"The only good to come from the Penn State scandal: Ashton Kutcher has stopped tweeting. #PSU"
"This will not be a good 15-to-20 minutes to be Ashton Kutcher. Then back to normal, I'd assume."
Not long afterwards Kutcher deleted the original tweet and apologized to those he had offended.
"Had no idea, thought it was a football thing," he wrote. "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn't have full story. #admitwhenyoumakemistakes. As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case. 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."
Kutcher then posted an even more lengthy apology and explanation on his blog and said he will no longer be handling his Twitter account. Instead, his management team will take care of that for him.
Meanwhile, thousands of Penn State fans rioted last night in State College, Pennsylvania to protest Paterno's firing.
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