Michael Douglas preemptively denies sexual misconduct allegation

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Today, a whole lot of celebrities have come ahead to vehemently deny allegations of sexual misconduct, however few have completed so earlier than the allegations have even come out. That’s what Michael Douglas is doing, although, in try to get forward of a narrative about him allegedly masturbating in entrance of a former worker. Talking with Deadline, Douglas says somebody from The Hollywood Reporter contacted his lawyer earlier than the vacations and mentioned that a girl had come ahead with tales about him utilizing “colourful language” in entrance of her, speaking “raunchily” along with his pals in non-public conversations, masturbating in entrance of her, after which blackballing her within the trade after he had fired her.

He denied the masturbation accusation, however when the reporter mentioned the accuser was providing the story to different retailers, they mentioned they have been going to go forward and publish the accusations. So, earlier than anybody may do this, Douglas contacted Deadline to answer the claims. He says he’s sorry for utilizing “coarse language” across the accuser, although he does observe that he solely did so round his pals and that this girl “may’ve excused herself” if she was offended, and he says the story about him masturbating in entrance of her is “an entire lie” with “no reality to it in any way.” The accuser did verify to the reporter that Douglas had “by no means harassed her” and “by no means touched her,” however she does have a number of pals who corroborate her story.

As for the blackballing accusation, Douglas additionally says that’s “utterly unfaithful.” He says she labored in improvement at his firm within the ‘80s, and so they “didn’t have a superb improvement document within the time she was there,” so he “moved on.” He implies that he could have mentioned damaging issues about her work to different folks within the trade, however he maintains that he fired her due to “the work she was doing.”

Elsewhere within the interview, Douglas tries to supply up proof that he’s a devoted feminist and supporter of the #MeToo motion, noting that he ceaselessly works with girl and has at all times handled them as equals. He additionally believes that there will probably be no different proof to help the accuser’s story, and that no different accusers will come ahead with related allegations. He thinks the one motive that is developing now could be to assist the accuser promote a ebook, which he says “hurts people who find themselves supportive of this motion and who consider in it.” He additionally claims that if this girl had come to him privately he would’ve addressed her issues, however he appears notably annoyed that she went “on to the newspapers or no matter you wish to name them.”

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