Michael Douglas pre-emptively denies sexual misconduct allegations

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Actor Michael Douglas denied allegations that he masturbated in front of a female employee.

Douglas told Deadline he deliberately wanted to "get ahead" of the story for the sake of his children.

The 73-year-old actor, after hearing of the allegations through various news sources including Variety and Deadline, chose to get ahead of the story and go on the record in an in-depth interview with Deadline.

"I fired her eventually, for the work she was doing, but three, she claims that I blackballed her from the industry and stopped her from getting another job". The woman's third claim was that the actor masturbated in front of her, to which Douglas responds, "I remembered this woman: sophisticated intelligent, good sense of humour, a novelist, who has written books and published novels and was an active feminist, and proud of it". "The accusation story will most likely follow elsewhere, but in this moment of "she said, he said" trial by journalism, it was never specified whose version had to be first", Fleming noted, then printed his interview with Douglas.

The Fatal Attraction star has apologised for using bad language in front of the employee but insists he did not blackball her and it is a "complete lie" that he touched himself in front of her. "If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her". "'None of it was directed at her; she didn't say it was".

"'This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever", says the Hollywood icon about claims that he sexually harnessed a former employee. "As to colourful language, she may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself". "I said, "I don't think that's justification, just because you might get scooped, to run a story like this'". "I have always supported women, along the way". The part that hurt the most is having to share something like this with your wife and your children. "This is the kind of step that can set that movement back", he told Deadline.

"Being accused, without a chance [to defend yourself] in court". "There is no due process, no chance of seeing evidence in front of me from my accuser".

The Hollywood Reporter could not immediately be reached for comment and, as of late Tuesday, there were no articles containing allegations against Douglas on its website.

He concluded: "I'm just happy to be able to present my story".

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