On January 9th, actor Michael Douglas attempted to nip sexual assault allegations against him in the bud after his lawyer was contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, which had spoken to one of Douglas’s former female employees. She stated that Douglas used inappropriate language and blackballed her from the industry. She also accused him of masturbating in front of her. Today, January 17th, Douglas’ wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, responded to these claims.
Zeta-Jones is referring to Douglas’s decision to admit to the inappropriate language via Deadline before the former employee’s story even came to light. He denied blackballing her and insisted that the masturbation never occurred, calling the claim “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.”
The accuser worked in development at Douglas’ company 32 years ago. After he let her go, he reportedly never heard from her again, until now.
Douglas told Deadline that he’s a supporter of the #MeToo movement and notes that claims like those against him can “set that movement back.” No official story has been released pertaining to the former female employee’s accusations.