Oscar victor Michael Douglas has launched a preemptive strike - denying a woman's allegations that he not only masturbated in front of her but blackballed her from Hollywood. Douglas noted that he has had up to 20 female executives work at his company and said that he has partnered with 20 female producers on movies over the years.
Douglas denies the allegation of a sexual nature and the claim of retaliation.
He told Deadline: "I don't know where to begin".
Douglas told Deadline he was approached by The Hollywood Reporter about the claim, which hasn't been made public, the same day his son Dylan was accepted to college. Describing the former accusation as "minimal", Douglas said: "I am sorry if I used coarse language with my friends".
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Douglas appears to be positioning himself as a victim of that post-Weinstein "witch hunt atmosphere" that Woody Allen complained about. "I felt the need to get ahead of this". However, he went on ahead and preempitvely denied any and all sexual misconduct allegations even before a potential case presented itself. "My mother was an actress, and I myself am married to an actress and have been supportive of this movement wholeheartedly, through all my years". That's because, he said, a disgruntled former lover "popped out of the closet" when he was in bed with another woman.
Douglas said he heard about one outlet's efforts via his lawyer before the holidays in December.
The Ant-Man actor said that the abovementioned publications reached out to him for a comment with regard to the woman's claims. "A novelist, who has written books and published novels and was an active feminist, and proud of it", he says about his alleged accuser. She allegedly told The Hollywood Reporter that Douglas used "colorful" and "raunchy" language in front of her.
"As far as blackballing her, that was completely untrue". "Being accused, without a chance [to defend yourself] in court".
He added that the allegations were "extremely painful" and that sharing the news with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and his kids was hard and upsetting.
Oh, and she's also accusing him of masturbating in front of her.