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Michael Douglas debunks Sexual Misconduct claims ahead of Publication

Michael Douglas denies shocking allegations Michael Douglas is denying claims that suggest he sexually harassed a former employee
Freda Brock | 10 January, 2018, 17:13

Two-time Oscar victor Michael Douglas denied sexual harassment allegations in an interview Deadline after learning two media outlets were looking accusations made by a former employee.

This might explain why Catherine Zeta-Jones chose to take her brother to the Golden Globes-where the Time's Up campaign and her father-in-law, Kirk Douglas, were in the spotlight, per Hello!-instead of her husband.

"I talked to the reporter and said, 'Listen, as far as using colourful language in front her, I apologise", Douglas told Deadline.

According to the actor, a former employee who worked with him more than 30 years ago has accused him of using "colorful language" in front of her, having raunchy conversations over the phone, blackballing her once she was sacked, and masturbating in front of her.

"She claims that, One, I used colorful language in front of her, not at her, but that I used colorful language", Douglas said. " ... As far as blackballing her, that was completely untrue".

"I support the #metoo movement with all my heart", Douglas added. "There is no evidence".

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Douglas said he felt the need to get ahead of the story because it pertains to him, and also because of the sense of how it reflects in the Hollywood culture.

I've had no contact with her, in thirty-plus years.

As for the other allegations, Douglas said the woman "may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself". I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else. The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children. My kids are really upset, have to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. His kids are also "scared and very uncomfortable", though his wife "has been very supportive", the two-time Oscar victor says.

The Fatal Attraction star was also accused of masturbating in front of her, Douglas said. While Douglas believes in the #MeToo movement, he said being accused of something without a chance to defend himself anxious him.

The unnamed accuser, Douglas said, once worked for his NY production company. To not even really have the information in front of you, to be able to argue or defend yourself. "I would hope that as a cautionary tale, we will be careful about accusing and being accused", he said.

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