Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Michael Douglas denies sexual misconduct allegations ahead of expose

Michael Douglas denies sexual misconduct allegations ahead of expose

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. And it was most certainly not masturbating in front of this woman. "I will fess up to colorful language", Douglas tells Deadline.

"I don't know where to begin". Instead, with the support of his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, he denied the allegations to Deadline before they were ever shared with the public.

Hollywood has been rocked by the sexual harassment and sexual allegation scandal that exploded last fall when The New York Times detailed allegations by numerous women made against now disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, leading to his firing.

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. "She claims that, one, I used colorful language in front of her, not at her, but that I used colorful language".

"This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever", he told Deadline of the accusation he masturbated in front of the woman. I fired her eventually, for the work she was doing, but three, she claims that I blackballed her from the industry and stopped her form getting another job.

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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.

"According to the actor, the journalist at The Hollywood Reporter agreed to sit on the story over the holidays, but in the New Year the publication got back in touch and said, "'She's (accuser) running around, possibly trying to give this story to other people, so we're going to run with it'.

"How am I, in a 50 year career in this industry, dealing with an employee 33 years ago who perhaps is disgruntled that I let her go, even though I have never heard from her in 32 years".

Douglas calls the accusations "extremely painful" but added, "I'd confess to anything I thought I was responsible for". "This reeks. I would have respected if she had reached out to me any time over these years, to share her pain or concerns and I would have been the first one to respond". "There is no corroboration, just that they found out somebody else might run the story". You can read the entirety of his interview with Deadline, here.

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