Ashton Kutcher accused of backing Uber CEO’s controversial statements because he owns a stake in company

November 19 20:31 2014

Ashton Kutcher is coming under fire for his statements on investigating journalists’ sources, but it’s not exactly for what he’s saying, it’s who people believe he’s saying it for.

In short, Uber CEO Emil Michael started a debate when he suggested a team should be created to investigate the claims of journalists who have discredited the company.

In particular, he wanted to dig up dirt on Sarah Lacy, who has accused Uber of “sexism and misogyny.” He said he wanted to spend “a million dollars” to look into “your personal lives, your families,” to set journalists in their place.

“The remarks attributed to me at a private dinner — borne out of frustration during an informal debate over what I feel is sensationalistic media coverage of the company I am proud to work for — do not reflect my actual views and have no relation to the company’s views or approach. They were wrong no matter the circumstance and I regret them,” he said in a statement, BuzzFeed reports.

Ashton Kutcher backed him up on Twitter. The only problem? He owns a stake in Uber. When people realized this, he clarified, “To be clear I speak for my self not @Uber.”

Having been the target of countless media reports himself, Kutcher went on a rant defending the idea that sources should be checked out. He then realized his position in the debate, writing “I’m on the wrong side of this ultimately” as a public figure.

Below are all the tweets in his rant.

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