Ashton Kutcher appears to have addressed recent rumours about his marriage by discussing the value of "honesty" and "truth" in a new online video.
The Hollywood actor has been a regular in the headlines over the last few weeks amid reports his marriage to Demi Moore is in trouble after a model went public with allegations she spent a night with Kutcher last month (Sep11).
Neither of the stars have publicly commented on the story, but Kutcher has now posted a video online which shows him talking candidly about honesty.
In the homemade footage, the Just Married star discusses the history of literature, and claims the rise of the internet and social media has intensified the spread of gossip.
He says, "I just wanted to open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty. The state of truth. The status of truth as it pertains to literature and media... Publishers (once) held great scrutiny over what they were willing to print because their reputation was on the line. When the cost structure comes down on printing... the level of honesty of literature starts to plummet... I started thinking about that in relation to media and social media today where the threshold to actually have literature printed and distributed... is zero dollars... thereby there is no gatekeeper of the truth..."
Kutcher adds, "We are our own editors, we are our own publishers and we are our own printers. Therefore, people can b**tardise 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...
"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."