Michael Douglas Denies Masturbating In Front Of A Former Employee

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Michael Douglas chose to get the first word on a sexual misconduct allegation made against him by speaking about them before the allegation even became public.

Michael Douglas strongly denied that sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a former employee.

The two-time Academy Award victor said he was approached in December about the allegations that reportedly took place more than 30 years ago, and even though the celebrity publications have not run stories yet, he felt he should speak out, Deadline.com wrote. "As to colorful language, she may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself", Douglas went on to say.

Michael Douglas is taking preemptive action, asserting that he has never harassed anyone he has employed after being contacted by a reporter with allegations that he sexually harassed and blackballed a former employee.

Douglas told Deadline he had been informed by his attorney that the woman also accused him of using coarse language around her, but not to her, and claimed that he had "blackballed" her in the industry after firing her.

Douglas said he ultimately chose to preemptively talk about the sexual harassment claim, in hopes of limiting the story's potential impact.

The Ant-Man actor said that the abovementioned publications reached out to him for a comment with regard to the woman's claims.

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He said he "had the choice of waiting for a story to come out" and trying to defend himself, or to "share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns".

The Oscar victor also admitted to using dirty language in front of her and apologized for the same but noted that none of it was aimed at her. He also lashed out about the masturbation claim, as he knows how damaging something like that could be even when untrue.

The actor vehemently denied behaving inappropriately toward or in front of the female employee or any other woman over his 50-year career and voiced his support for the #MeToo movement.

Douglas said he was approached by The Hollywood Reporter about its investigation in December, prior to the holidays.

He added, "Being accused, without a chance (to defend yourself) in court".

"It's extremely painful", Douglas said about the allegations made by the woman, who was not identified in the Deadline.com story. "My mother wasn't actress, and I myself married to an actress and have been supportive of this movement wholeheartedly, through all my years". There is no due process, no chance of seeing evidence in front of me from my accuser.

'My kids are really upset... have to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser.

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