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Michael Douglas plays defence


Michael Douglas has taken the unusual step of pre-emptively denying a sexual allegation before it went public, saying he took the decision to have a control over the narrative.

The 73-year-old actor said he may have used colourful language but other claims alleged by a former employee are untrue. “I will fess up to colorful language, but the issue of masturbating in front of her? That rung is something I’ve only heard about the last year. It’s not an expression that related to the ’80s. So I thought it stunk,” Douglas told Deadline.

“The Game” star said two publications were competing to publish the story and instead of waiting around for the article to appear in print, he decided to take charge of the situation. “I felt the need to get ahead of this. It pertains to me but I’m also getting a sense of how it reflects in our culture, and what is going on today. I see it as a cautionary tale,” he explained.

“I had the choice of waiting for a story to come out, one that will clearly get picked up by other newspapers and magazines, and then I have to sit there and try to defend myself. Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns,” he said.

Douglas said the most hurtful part was to share this with his wife and children. “My kids are really upset, (they have had) to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. They’re scared and very uncomfortable,” he said.