Michael Douglas accused of sexual misconduct by journalist

Oscar Cross
January 20, 2018

I was surprised I wasn't falling to pieces even though I was humiliated.

Douglas said that Braudy had never complained - something she denied, even though she acknowledged never reporting the behavior to the police because she said she did not realize at the time that it could be considered criminal behavior. Braudy recalled an incident in 1989 where she and Douglas were going over an E.T.-type of movie that apparently got Douglas all hot and bothered.

"He slid down the floor, unbuckled his belt and put his hand inside his pants and I could see what he was doing".

As for why she hadn't come forward publicly sooner, Braudy told Today, "One of my friends said, 'You better not tell people about him.' People were frightened for me".

Braudy backed up her story to THR with notes and files she kept during her employment under Douglas, and with the testimony of three people she had told of her experiences.

She explained, "When he sweetly asked me to sign a confidentiality agreement, I knew Michael was preparing to fire me".

Douglas' agent and publicist didn't immediately respond to email and phone messages seeking comment. I got a message from my attorney that The Hollywood Reporter wanted to do a story about an employee that worked for me approximately 32 years ago.

The Academy Award-winning star, 73, didn't silence her, as the woman, journalist and author Susan Braudy, has detailed her allegations to the Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Douglas' Former Employee Accuses Him Of Humiliating Sexual Harassment

Douglas denied the allegations through his lawyer in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, calling Braudy's masturbation claim "an unfortunate and complete fabrication ..." Douglas vehemently insisted that the story was false (other than a claim about his use of colorful language) and that he wouldn't wait "to be the villain in a narrative". "I've had no contact with her, in thirty-plus years".

During that time, she says he was a bad boss who made demeaning comments about her looks and constantly used "sexually charged dialogue".

According to NBC News, Braudy described the meeting as "very uncomfortable", adding that she "knew things weren't supposed to be this way".

Camera IconMichael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, who said that her husband is a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement. 'Michael ran barefoot after me to the elevator, zipping his fly and buckling his belt.

"My reaction was that as two people who have been in this business - him longer than me - was that we support "Me Too" and the movement more than anybody, anybody - me as a woman, him as a man", Zeta-Jones said. "You helped me, thank you, thank you".

"Coarse language or overheard private conversations with my friends that may have troubled her are a far cry from harassment", he said. "And I was very scared", Braudy said in an interview with "Today".

During Douglas' interview, he suggested that Braudy had held a grudge against him and may have been "disgruntled" over her career.

In response to his denial, Braudy said to THR, "I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimization".


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