Michael Douglas Preemptively Speaks Out Over Potential Exposé: ‘Felt the Need to Get Ahead of This’

Actor Michael Douglas is coming forward before potential exposés about him are published regarding alleged misconduct. Speaking with Deadline, the Oscar-winning actor said he “felt the need to get ahead of this.” He said that his attorney was contacted by The Hollywood Reporter regarding the allegations of a former employee from over 30 years ago. As he told Deadline, she accused him of using “colorful language” in front of her and “blackballing” her from the industry after firing her. Oh, and she’s also accusing him of masturbating in front of her. “I tried to think to reach back thirty plus years to try to remember. I remembered this woman: sophisticated intelligent, good sense of humor. A novelist, who has written books and published novels and was an active feminist, and proud of it. My head was reeling. I just couldn’t put this together,” Douglas said. “I’ve had no with her, in thirty-plus years. I talked to the reporter and said, ‘listen, as far as using colorful language in front her, I apologize. None of it was directed at her; she didn’t say it was. It was my office and that was the tone that I set and as far as conversations with friends.” Douglas denies ever blackballing her and strongly denies that he ever masturbated in front of her. “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever,” he stated. And when clarifying that he has never ever harassed this woman or any woman in such a salacious manner, he definitively said “absolutely.” “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. Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns,” Douglas continued. “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.” He added that he supports the #MeToo movement “with all his heart,” but this is “the kind of step that can set that movement back.” “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 elaborated. “There is no due process, no chance of seeing evidence in front of me from my accuser. It worries me.” [image via screengrab]

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