Catherine Zeta-Jones says she was 'profoundly devastated' by sexual misconduct allegations against husband Michael Douglas
In January, when Douglas was accused of sexual harassment he refuted the claims but his family was deeply impacted by the accusations.
In a recent interview, Catherine Zeta-Jones spoke about how #metoo allegations against her husband Michael Douglas devastated her and the family leaving them heartbroken. Speaking to The Times, London, she explained her difficult predicament. “My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations, and I was torn about where my absolute morals lie. This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband. I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, ‘Do you understand if more comes out…’” she said.
Douglas was accused of sexual harassment by journalist Susan Braudy in January this year. She claimed that the star masturbated in front of her during a meeting in the late 1980s when she worked for his production company. Douglas completely refuted these claims calling them “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever," reports Fox News.
When the allegations came out, Douglas discussed the impact it has had on his family saying, “My kids are really upset, [and they have] to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. He continued, “They’re scared and very uncomfortable…. I’m bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now.” Catherine also recounted her husband's reaction when she confronted him about the allegations. Douglas reassured her and their children that “there is no story here." "There was nothing to back it up at all,” she said. Speaking about how false allegations adversely impact the #metoo movement she said, “For any accusation that comes out that isn’t backed up, that knocks the movement back 20 years.”
Braudy provided a detailed account of the harassment she faced at the hands of Douglas, claiming that the actor sexually harassed her multiple times. Braudy claimed the Academy Award-winner, who was at the prime of his career, commented on her appearance and openly spoke about his affairs with actress Kathleen Turner and a European heiress.
She also alleged that Douglas said inappropriate things to her. When Douglas denied the allegations, Braudy said she was not “surprised Douglas came out swinging against her.” Discussing the larger problem at hand she said, "I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimization. These are some reasons why so many women don't come forward with their stories — Lord knows it’s taken 30 years and a movement for me to gather my courage."
Zeta-Jones and Douglas have been married since 2000. They have an 18-year-old son named Dylan and a 15-year-old daughter named Carys.