Michael Douglas asked son Cameron to distribute joints at parties when he was a child, years ahead of his drug addiction
Turning to drugs at a young age caused Cameron to build up quite a rap sheet, and the actor ended up serving more than eight years in jail
Days after Michael Douglas said he thought he had lost his son, Cameron, to drug addiction, it was revealed that it was the 'Indecent Proposal' star himself who had introduced him to the world of drugs - asking him to hand out joints to celebrity party guests when he was a child.
In his memoir 'Long Way Home' due for release on October 22, 40-year-old Cameron writes that being movie royalty was not the fairy tale that everyone thought as he constantly grappled with the pressure of being the son of Michael, 75, and the grandson of legendary Kirk Douglas, 102.
“It’s strange growing up seeing your father and grandfather as giants projected on screens and billboards … It’s diminishing to be perceived mainly as someone else’s son … How do you compete with Kirk Douglas? How do you live in Michael Douglas’ shadow?” Cameron writes in the tell-all, Page Six reported.
Years before he became addicted to drugs, Cameron was attending parties thrown by his parents - Michael and his ex-wife Diandra Luker - where he was ordered to fetch joints for the guests.
“Even as a really young kid, I remember running joints back and forth,” he writes in the book. “Dad would say, ‘Hey, bring this over to your uncle,’ and I would, not realizing until years later what it had been. As I got older, I would creep from house to house on the compound, climbing balconies and seeing more than I was supposed to: beautiful grown-ups doing the things that beautiful grown-ups living lives of excess do.”
Although as a child, he did not understand what illegal drugs were, he remembered rifling through the attendees' bags after the parties were over with his friend, looking for whatever substances they were using during the wild night before.
Turning to drugs at a young age caused Cameron to build up quite a rap sheet. In 1999, he was arrested for cocaine possession, which was followed by a second arrest in 2005 when Los Angeles police found heroin and crack in his car.
Two years later, cops found a syringe of liquid cocaine after his vehicle was pulled over in Santa Barbara, California. At the time, he was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
However, Cameron's major arrest came in 2009, when he was convicted of heroin possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs and was sentenced to five years after being caught in a sting at the Gansevoort hotel in Manhattan. In 2011, four and a half more years were added to his already ongoing prison term for possessing items he got from his fellow inmates that tested positive for cocaine and heroin.
Overall he ended up serving eight years in jail.