Michael Douglas denies sex claims ahead of publication

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

In an interview with United States entertainment website Deadline, the Wall Street star said he was approached for a comment from film industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter regarding his former employee's allegations.

Catherine Zeta-Jones husband, 73, has taken the bold step to sit down for a frank interview after a female ex-employee claimed he masturbated in front of her over 30 years go.

He explains that The Hollywood Reporter approached him before Christmas to inform him that they're writing a story on him based on the claims of a woman who worked for Douglas' production company in NY thirty two years ago. He adds that the claims he masturbated in front of her are "a complete lie, fabrication".

Douglas explained to Deadline that his attorney had contacted him to say that another publication, The Hollywood Reporter, was considering a story on the woman's allegations. "It pertains to me but I'm also getting a sense of how it reflects in our culture, and what is going on today". "There is no corroboration, just that they found out somebody else might run the story". That rung is something I've only heard about the previous year.

"I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else". "I said, "I don't think that's justification, just because you might get scooped, to run a story like this'".

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After insisting he fully supports the Time's Up movement set up in Hollywood following revelations about director Harvey Weinstein, Michael said: "I'd confess to anything I thought I was responsible for and it was most certainly not masturbating in front of this woman". "The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children. They're scared and very uncomfortable", he said.

"As to colourful language, she may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself", Douglas continued. Douglas also states this isn't "the New Year I had anticipated", adding he's anxious the drama may affect upcoming work he has booked. It has been a complete nightmare.

"It's really hard to conceive that I have to defend myself against a situation that is 32 years ago, and it was not what they are saying it was". "How am I, in a 50 year career in this industry, dealing with an employee 33 years ago who perhaps is disgruntled that I let her go, even though I have never heard from her in 32 years".

Speaking exclusively to Deadline, he said wasn't comfortable waiting for major publications to brand him as a villain, so he chose to deny allegations he knew were out there before Variety or the Hollywood Reporter got the scoop.

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