Michael Douglas Preemptively Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations
Jan 10 2018 by Francis Osborne
Actor-producer Michael Douglas has come forward to deny as-yet-unaired accusations that he masturbated in front of an employee of his production company, over 30 years ago.
"This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever", the actor told Deadline on Tuesday in an interview that he said was necessary "to get ahead of this".
Revealing that The Hollywood Reporter contacted him via his attorney regarding the woman's claims that he used "colourful language" in front of her, "spoke raunchily, or dirtily with friends of mine in private conversations on the phone".
"I don't know where to begin", he said. "I never blackballed her", he said. He added, "I'd confess to anything I thought I was responsible for". "There is no evidence". He apologized for using "colorful" language in private conversations that the woman said she heard, but emphasized that the dialogue wasn't aimed at the employee. "I will fess up to colorful language", Douglas tells Deadline. The woman's third claim was that the actor masturbated in front of her, to which Douglas responds, "I remembered this woman: sophisticated intelligent, good sense of humour, a novelist, who has written books and published novels and was an active feminist, and proud of it". I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else.
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Douglas explained that he's going to continue to treat women as he always has, "as equals and my peers", and that he's a big supporter of the Me Too movement, as is Zeta-Jones who wore a black dress to the Golden Globes to show her support.
"I don't have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else who's coming out or saying this".
Douglas said the most hurtful part was to share this with his wife and children. And also, I think it really sends a message out. "They're scared and very uncomfortable". This led him to talk about the #MeToo movement (which he supports) but says that the immediate conclusion made by the masses after hearing just one side of the story can also be detrimental. "I have jobs going with studios who all seem to be supportive at this time".
While Douglas has dealt with some personal scandals in the past, including a reported stint in sex rehab therapy, this is the first allegation of any kind of harassment or misconduct. "I would hope that as a cautionary tale, we will be careful about accusing and being accused", he said.