Michael Douglas strongly denied that sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a former employee. In addition to the allegations, the former employee publicly accused Douglas of masturbating in front of her over three decades ago.
In an interview with Deadline on Tuesday, the actor told, “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.” He said that it was necessary “to get ahead of this.”
The 73-year-old actor also refused that unknown woman’s allegation that he had blacklisted her from the Hollywood industry after fired her. The actor said that the woman made the claim to trade publications for an upcoming article. Douglas mentioned The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Douglas told Deadline, “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.”
The actor continued, “Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns. Again, I am sorry if I used coarse language with my friends. But this is really debilitating. It can have a large effect on my career. And also, I think it really sends a message out.”
Douglas who has earned Oscar twice, said that The Hollywood Reporter had contacted his attorney in December and then took his interview about the allegations made by the woman. The actor apologized for using “colorful” language in a personal conversation that the woman claimed she heard, but he also cleared that the dialogue wasn’t for the employee.
The actor told Deadline that he’s a supporter of #MeToo movement “with all my heart,” against the sexual harassment or assault. Douglas noted that he had employed and worked with many women and has treated “as equals and my peers.”