Michael Douglas Pre-Emptively Denies Sexual Misconduct

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Michael Douglas has come forward to vigorously deny an allegation of sexual misconduct from three decades ago — before the publication of the claim.

The two-time Oscar winner told Deadline that he anticipated an upcoming report would contain an allegation by a former employee that he acted inappropriately in front of her about 32 years ago.

Douglas decided to try “to get ahead of” the story by speaking to Deadline, calling it a “complete lie, fabrication.” He says his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, “has been very supportive.”

Husband and wife actors Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas attend The 2007 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd street on Jan. 15, 2008. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
American Jewish actor Michael Douglas arrives with his children and his wife Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones before receiving the Genesis Prize from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at The Jerusalem Theater in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 18, 2015. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images for Genesis Prize Foundation)

Douglas says he remembers the former employee who is allegedly making the accusation and calls her “sophisticated intelligent” with a “good sense of humor.” He says he’s had no contact with her in more than 30 years.

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