Ashton Kutcher has waded into the debate over Miley Cyrus' controversial dirty dancing video - insisting critics shouldn't judge the teenager too harshly.
The Hannah Montana star hit headlines this week (beg10May10) when footage from the wrap party of her movie The Last Song appeared online. The racy clip, filmed last year (09) when Cyrus was aged just 16, shows the singer/actress grinding up against 44-year-old Hollywood producer Adam Shankman on the dancefloor.
Cyrus' father Billy Ray shrugged off the clip, insisting it's "what people her age do," but his defence of his daughter has failed to curb criticism of the star's behaviour.
CNN host Rick Sanchez commented on the scandal during his Rick's List TV show, insisting Cyrus could be seen as a negative role model for young children, adding: "That's troublesome. And just the physicality of it alone and the fact that she's 16 years old. And this isn't posing for a Hollywood magazine or a picture... (If she was my daughter she) would be dragged (out), and I don't care if it's kicking and screaming for behaving that way."
But Sanchez's comments have infuriated Kutcher, who has taken to his Twitter.com page to defend the 17 year old.
In a series of posts, he writes, "Ur (sic) comments on Miley are completely unwarranted. She's 17... Judgment is unbecoming. I think it's important to think about the context of the event she was at. It's not like she was at a club with some stranger."
He went on to post a link to an article about child sex trafficking, adding that if Sanchez wants to "report about exploitation of teenagers (he should) report on this."