Ashton Kutcher tells media: 'Don't bastardise the truth'
Published Oct 21 2011, 15:41 BST | By Justin Harp Ashton Kutcher
has asked the media not to "bastardise the truth" in a new video posted on his Twitter page.
In the clip
, the Two and a Half Men
star - who was recently reported to have cheated on wife Demi Moore - said he hoped his comments would "open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty" in the press.
Kutcher expressed his belief that social media has only served to increase often-malicious gossip reported about the lives of celebrities.
The actor explained: "We are our own editors, we are our own publishers and we are our own printers. Therefore, people can bastardise the truth in any way, shape or form that they want and spread that around the world.
"A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can leave someone's lips."
Kutcher went on to suggest that social media should be used to increase knowledge, rather than become a platform for simply spreading false allegations about others.
"I was thinking that we really have to take it upon ourselves to instil a level of honesty… in the works in the media that we create and share with one another and be certain that we are doing our own diligence that what we are saying is for the benefit of another," he said.
Kutcher made no direct reference to reports claiming that he carried on an extramarital affair
with 23-year-old Sara Leal.
Leal has alleged that she spent a night with Kutcher
on September 24, which was the actor and wife Moore's wedding anniversary.
Rumours of a possible split were fuelled last weekend when a removal van was parked outside Kutcher and Moore's Santa Monica, CA home
Kutcher has seemingly denied any trouble in his marriage by first tweeting a link to Public Enemy's song 'Don't Believe The Hype'
and later advising his fans not to "assume" anything
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