Friday, 23 February, 2018

Michael Douglas: Former employee accuses actor of sexual harassment

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas in 2007 Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas in 2007
Nicole Thomas | 20 January, 2018, 04:04

That THR story dropped on Friday and consists of sexual harassment claims made against Douglas by author Susan Braudy from when she ran the NY office of Douglas's production company Stonebridge Productions.

Braudy repeated her allegations in a "Today" show interview with NBC News's Kate Snow.

Braudy said she never reported the incident to the police because she didn't know that his harassment could be considered criminal.

The woman accusing Michael Douglas of masturbating in front of her almost three decades ago says she and her friends feared what would happen if she ever spoke out against the actor. "He slid down to the floor, unbuckled his belt, and put his hands inside his pants". Then he began to sort of began to fondle himself... He said that Braudy's story met the Hollywood Reporter's standards in that she could provide corroborating evidence, including statements from people who had been told about the alleged harassment around the time it occurred. In his defense, Douglas claims that if he did say inappropriate things, they were never directed at her.

A rep for Douglas did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

He called the allegations "an unfortunate and complete fabrication" to THR.

But Douglas himself was the first to bring Braudy's story forward when he spoke to Deadline via phone in for article titled "Michael Douglas Gets Out Front Of Potential Harassment Story To Preemptively Deny Sordid Accusation" published last week.

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Camera IconDouglas denies the allegation of sexual misconduct by Susan Braudy. "I think it's very clear the way that he stands".

Braudy alleged that, during her employment under Douglas in the 1980s, the actor subjected to her profane language, demeaning comments about her appearance, and masturbated in front of her while the two were working out of his Manhattan home.

Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter saying, "We have discussed the incident many, many times since, as well as Douglas' relentless, goading, mocking and belittling sexual behaviour". "I'm hurt, really hurt and offended and I wonder if people realise when you do something like this, it hurts a lot more than just one person".

Throughout my career, I have staunchly supported the empowerment of women-in our industry, the workplace, and in life. At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally.

"That rung is something I've only heard about the a year ago". During her time there, Douglas was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, an Oscar victor for his performance in Wall Street. In an interview with Deadline published January 9, two days after his father, Kirk Douglas, and wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, took stage at the Golden Globes, Douglas said he "felt the need to get ahead of this".

During Douglas' interview, he suggested that Braudy had held a grudge against him and may have been "disgruntled" over her career.

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