Michael Douglas Wants To "Get Ahead" Of Potential Sexual Misconduct Story

Michael Douglas Wants To

While James Franco faced tough questions over sexual misconduct, Michael Douglas was preparing to take preemptive action after catching wind of an accuser who planned to come forward against him with sexual harassment allegations. According to Deadline, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter were both considering publishing said accusations.

The 73-year-old actor told Deadline during an interview Tuesday that he never masturbated in front of a former female employee more than 30 years ago, as the woman reportedly alleged.

Douglas told Deadline: "This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever". 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.

Douglas said he was "floored" when The Hollywood Reporter contacted him, asking for comments after a woman told them the actor had vulgar conversations in front of her, blackballed her in Hollywood and masturbated in front of her. Douglas said that while he might have used vulgar language, he did not blackball her or masturbate in front of her.

"It's extremely painful", said Douglas, describing the situation as a "nightmare". I pride myself of being supportive of the women's movement. I don't have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else who's coming out or saying this. That rung is something I've only heard about the previous year. "Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns", he said.

The woman is a writer but hasn't been identified. "It has never been an issue".

"She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn't have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on", he said.

The actor also added that he supports the #MeToo movement but is anxious that there is no "due process" for the accused.

Douglas said he supported the #MeToo movement by those breaking their silence over past sexual harassment, and that he had the support of his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and his children. "My mother was an actress, and I myself married to an actress and have been supportive of this movement wholeheartedly, through all my years. Being accused, without a chance [to defend yourself] in court". To not even really have the information in front of you, to be able to argue or defend yourself.

He said he had the support of his family and the film studios he's now working with, but admitted he was "fearful". But, he added, "I will fess up to colorful language". Douglas himself was not present. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.