The 22-year-old, who subsequently sold her story to a tabloid, has called the ensuing media spotlight insane.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” Leal said. “It might have seemed like I was asking for it, but I wasn’t."
Leal told Fox News that following the Kutcher fiasco, she "got a lot of disturbing phone calls;” was fired from her job as an administrative assistant with an insurance company; fell out with her best friend/roommate; and was shunned by her father.
Leal said she had no clue the A-lister, 33, was married -- "No way," she said -- when they crossed paths at San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel September 24, ironically, the night of his sixth wedding anniversary to Demi Moore.
"I don’t watch television and I read very few magazines," she explained. "It never crossed my mind that he was married. But then he said he was separated, which still doesn’t make things okay, but I wasn’t thinking clearly.
"He was a good looking guy and it was stupid. When people say to me, 'I can’t believe you did that,' I want to say back that most 22-year-old girls in my position would have done the same thing."
Leal said she's currently working for a real estate firm and in training to become a yoga instructor. She said the Kutcher incident, and pictures of her in Las Vegas that surfaced after the scandal, painted an inaccurate portrait of the person she is.
"I’ve had one boyfriend since I lived in San Diego, and those pictures were one weekend out of my life that painted the worst image of me ever,” she said. “I was a mess for two weeks straight, it was so horrible."
After Moore, 49, announced she was filing for divorce, she issued a statement that said, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton.
“As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”
Ashton stars on Two and a Half Men, which airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.