LOS ANGELES (WASHINGTON POST) – Writer Susan Braudy has publicly accused Michael Douglas of sexual harassment, simply days after the actor pre-emptively spoke in his personal defence.
“He thought he was the king of the world, and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions,” Braudy instructed Kate Snow of NBC News in an interview that aired on Friday morning (Jan 19).
Braudy labored for Douglas within the 1980s, a decade wherein the actor starred in Fatal Attraction and gained an Oscar for his efficiency in Wall Street.
She primarily labored out of the actor’s lounge to learn scripts and rent screenwriters, in line with private notes detailed in a bit printed on Thursday by the Hollywood Reporter.
Douglas used crude language in one-on-one conferences with Braudy, she mentioned, and would touch upon her physique.
“I began wearing long, loose layers of black,” Braudy wrote within the notes. “He asked a producer, ‘Why does Susan dress like a pregnant nun?’ Another time I laughed loudly and he shouted to a group of agents, ‘Oh yeah, she’s a screamer! I bet she screams in the sack’.”
In 1989, Braudy instructed Snow, Douglas’ behaviour escalated throughout a one-on-one script assembly in his condominium.
“He slid down to the floor, unbuckled his belt and put his hand inside his trousers,” Braudy mentioned. “And I could see what he was doing. And then he began to sort of fondle himself, and I was very scared.”
Douglas declined a request for remark from NBC News however instructed the Hollywood Reporter that Braudy’s story was “an unfortunate and complete fabrication”.
The actor has defended himself earlier than. In an interview with Deadline printed Jan 9, two days after his father, Kirk Douglas, and spouse, Catherine Zeta-Jones, took the stage on the Golden Globes, Douglas mentioned he “felt the need to get ahead of this”.
He recalled utilizing “colourful language” in Braudy’s presence however denied that it was ever aimed toward her. He additionally referred to the 1989 incident as “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever”.
“I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else,” Douglas mentioned. “I don’t have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else who’s coming out or saying this. I’m bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now.”