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Michael Douglas tries to ‘get ahead of’ sexual misconduct allegations

Actor Michael Douglas reacted to news of soon-to-be-published allegations against him by preemptively denying the more salacious claims reportedly being made by a former employee.

He told Deadline that his attorney alerted him to an upcoming Hollywood Reporter story focusing on his accuser.

“I felt the need to get ahead of this,” he said. “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.”

Douglas went on to apologize for any “colorful language” he might have used around the woman decades ago, but vehemently denied claims that he masturbated in front of her and blackballed her from the industry after firing her.

“As far as blackballing her, that was completely untrue,” he said. “She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn’t have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on. I never blackballed her. If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”

Responding to the claim related to masturbation, Douglas called it “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.”

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