Michael Douglas, the Oscar winning actor and producer, and famed son of Kirk Douglas, announced before it became common knowledge, that pending allegations that he masturbated in front on an aspiring actress and then had her blackballed from Hollywood, were false.
Douglas, who received his Bachelor Degree in Drama at the University of California and won a series of Emmy nominations for his role in the ABC drama the Streets of San Francisco, has had an incredible career in film which began when he produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson. Douglas has starred in numerous films in both serious and comical nature with the height of his acting career taking place during the 1980s in such films as Romancing the Stone (1984) and Wall Street (1988).
Douglas related to Deadline Hollywood that he had been informed that the Hollywood Reporter was set to publish as story detailing supposed misdeeds that had taken place during the heyday of his acting career during the 1980s. The unidentified woman had worked for the actor’s production company in New York City, the Douglas related.
The allegations come at a time during of increased sensitivity in both the dramatic arts, the political world and in the news business around sexual harassment claims by high powered players such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and other prominent figures.
Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones both support the #MeToo movement which centers around women who have been sexually assaulted. At the recent Golden Globes awards, actresses wore black in solidarity with those who had fallen prey to sexual misconduct by people like Weinstein and even well-respected actors like Dustin Hoffman, et. al.
“I don’t know where to begin,” the 73-year-old actor said in disbelief. “This is a complete lie, fabrication, not truth to it whatsoever,” Douglas told Deadline.
“I felf the need to get ahead of this,” Douglas related, as it “pertains to me but I’m also getting a sense of how it reflects in our culture, and what is going on today.”
While Douglas admitted that he often used profanities during his professional relationships, he had never directed any foul language in her presence adding that the woman worked in development and because “we didn’t have a good development record . . . I just moved on. I never blackballed her.”
Zeta-Jones defended her husband saying the they were “seeing changes that have taken many years t even be talked about. Jones and Douglas have been married for 17 years and their son, back in 2014, had his Bar Mitzvah in Israel.
By: Andrew Schiff