Michael Douglas denies masturbating in front of female ex-employee

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While talking about the allegations, he went on to say, "She claims that, One, I used colourful language in front of her, not at her, but that I used colourful language".

According to the actor, a former employee who worked with him more than 30 years ago has accused him of using "colorful language" in front of her, having raunchy conversations over the phone, blackballing her once she was sacked, and masturbating in front of her.

Michael Douglas is making sure time isn't up for him by getting ahead of a story that he allegedly masturbated in front of an ex employee.

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The actor denied he sexually harassed the employee, calling the allegation "a complete lie". "I never blackballed her", he said.

Speaking exclusively to Deadline, he said wasn't comfortable waiting for major publications to brand him as a villain, so he chose to deny allegations he knew were out there before Variety or the Hollywood Reporter got the scoop. As I say, I will 'fess up to colourful language, but the issue of masturbating in front of her? Douglas felt that this case could be a cautionary tale, hoping that "we will be careful about accusing, and being accused".

After insisting he fully supports the Time's Up movement set up in Hollywood following revelations about director Harvey Weinstein, Michael said: "I'd confess to anything I thought I was responsible for and it was most certainly not masturbating in front of this woman".

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He said that the reporter had told him that another outlet, Variety, was planning to run the story, and that he was "floored" that such a story could be chronicled in the press without "corroboration". I'm very grateful to my family and business associates around me.

'I fired her eventually. for the work she was doing. I don't have skeletons in my close, or anyone else who's coming out or saying this'. "My mother [the late Diana Dill] was an actress, and I myself [am] married to an actress [Catherine Zeta-Jones] and have been supportive of this movement wholeheartedly, through all my years".

"And I tried to figure out, why the hell would somebody do this?" "The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children". My kids are really upset...have to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser.

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"It has been a complete nightmare", he said. The accusation has not been published yet, but Douglas has already responded to it in an interview with Deadline.

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