LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Oscar successful actor Michael Douglas has issued a pre-emptive denial of a sexual misconduct accusation, saying he needed to get forward of a possible story being investigated by Hollywood publications.
In a prolonged interview with leisure trade web site Deadline.com, revealed late on Tuesday (Jan 9), Douglas denied that he had masturbated in entrance of a girl who labored for him about 32 years in the past.
“This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever,” Douglas mentioned.
The accusation by the unidentified lady has not been revealed however Douglas mentioned he had been knowledgeable by his attorneys in December that The Hollywood Reporter and different publications have been investigating her declare.
“I felt the need to get ahead of this,” Douglas, 73, instructed Deadline.
“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.”
The double Oscar-winner is the second celeb to get his model of occasions out earlier than being publicly accused of sexual impropriety in a scandal that has rocked Hollywood and led to many males being fired or minimize out of initiatives.
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock posted a social media message final month saying he was “part of the problem,” saying he had up to now been accused of rape and had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Douglas instructed Deadline he had been knowledgeable by his lawyer that the lady additionally accused him of utilizing coarse language round her, however to not her, and claimed that he had “blackballed” her within the trade after firing her.
The actor denied blackballing the ladies however admitted utilizing”colorful language” in conversations with pals in his home and workplace.
Douglas mentioned he supported the #MeToo motion by these breaking their silence over previous sexual harassment, and that he had the assist of his spouse, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and his youngsters.
Representatives of the actor didn’t reply on Wednesday to a Reuters request for additional remark.