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Michael Douglas Attacks 'Proud Feminist' Accuser

He denies masturbating in front of employee in 1980s
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2018 8:40 AM CST

(Newser) – 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. In an interview with Deadline, Michael Douglas reveals he's been accused of inappropriate behavior by a former employee, who says he masturbated in front of her, "spoke raunchily" to others, and "blackballed her from the industry" in the mid-1980s. "I will fess up to colorful language," Douglas tells Deadline. But he vehemently denies all other allegations. "If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her" and the masturbation claim is "a complete lie," he says, calling the situation "a complete nightmare."

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The 73-year-old says he was contacted by the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, which were investigating the claims, and decided to speak out before the story went to print. He calls his accuser "an active feminist, and proud of it" and suggests she "either has or is trying to get a book deal" while recounting how "extremely painful" the allegation has been for him. His kids are also "scared and very uncomfortable," though his wife "has been very supportive," the two-time Oscar winner says. He adds, "I support the #MeToo movement with all my heart" but "this is the kind of step that can set that movement back." The Daily Beast takes issue with the interview, noting Deadline is known "for pleading the case of powerful Hollywood interests, ran Douglas' comments at length and lobbed only softball questions." (Read more Michael Douglas stories.)

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