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Michael Douglas Denies Masturbating in Front of Female Employee

Michael Douglas is trying to get ahead of the story and preemptively denying masturbating in front of a former female employee.

The two-time Oscar winner says he anticipated an upcoming report would contain an allegation by a former employee that he acted inappropriately in front of her roughly 32 years ago.

The woman claims Douglas used "colorful" language in front of her, spoke "raunchily", masturbated in front of her, and blackballed her from the industry.

"None of it was directed at her; she didn't say it was," he says of the colorful language. "It was my office and that was the tone that I set. She may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself."

Douglas says the blackballing allegation is "completely untrue."

"I never blackballed her. If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her."

As for the masturbating claim, "This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever," he insists.

However, the actor admits he remembers the former employee as a "sophisticated intelligent" woman with a "good sense of humor."

"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. 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 says there's no evidence to prove his alleged behavior and that it is "way past the statue of limitations."

"I'd confess to anything I thought I was responsible for," he says. "And it was most certainly not masturbating in front of this woman."

Douglas says his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, "has been very supportive" of him fighting the claims.

January 11, 2018 |

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