Oscar-winning actor and a Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas has preemptively denied allegations of sexual misconduct in front of a female employee and blackballed her from Hollywood.
The two-time Academy Award victor said he was approached in December about the allegations that reportedly took place more than 30 years ago, and even though the celebrity publications have not run stories yet, he felt he should speak out, Deadline.com wrote.
"I had the choice of waiting for a story to come out, one that will clearly get picked up by other newspapers and magazines, and then I have to sit there and try to defend myself", he said.
The woman had claimed he used colorful language in front of her, which he said would have only happened if she listened in on private conversations, and even more disturbing she alleged that Douglas masturbated in front of her. The actor said this accusation is a "complete lie" and that there is "no truth to it whatsoever". My head was reeling. The woman said that Douglas never harassed or touched her. I talked to the reporter and said, 'listen, as far as using colorful language in front her, I apologize.
Douglas chose to approach Deadline with his story which he calls "a cautionary tale." .
"I tried to think to reach back thirty plus years to try to remember. I was floored", he continues.
Douglas told Deadline that he "does not know where to begin" in regards to the allegation that he masturbated in front of his former employee. "Finally, masturbating in front of her?" he said. And a legitimate trade publication is going to try and print this story? That rung is something I've only heard about the a year ago.
Admitting he fears the impact the allegations will have on his family, Michael added: "The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children". His kids are also "scared and very uncomfortable", though his wife "has been very supportive", the two-time Oscar victor says. "I have no idea why she was upset".
"I'm fearful", he says.
The actor went on to mention that he has always been supportive of women through his career, noting that his mother was an actress and that he himself married an actress and has been supportive of the anti-harassment movement "through all [his] years". "I'm hurt, really hurt and offended and I wonder if people realize when you do something like this, it hurts a lot more than just one person".