- A former staff has alleged Michael Douglas performed sexual act in front of her
- The incident supposedly happened inside his apartment in 1989
- Douglas vehemently denied the allegation, saying he was not given the chance to defend himself in court
- He issued a ‘pre-emptive denial’ 10 days before the story went public
A former employee has accused Michael Douglas of sexual harassment even as the Hollywood star publicly denied the allegation 10 days earlier.
Author and journalist Susan Braudy went public with her claim that Douglas allegedly performed a sexual act in front of her and supposedly made comments about her body.
According to Braudy, the incident took place in 1989 during a one-on-one script reading inside his apartment. Douglas allegedly used sexual language during their discussion and even talked about extra-marital affairs.
“I realized he thought he could do anything he wanted because he was so much more powerful than I was,” BBC quoted Braudy as saying.
Braudy said she felt humiliated after the incident and went out of the apartment. She quit working for him months later.
No due process
However, the now 73-year-old “Basic Instinct” actor vehemently denied the allegation and issued a ‘pre-emptive denial’ 10 days before Braudy went public with the story.
“I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else,” said Douglas in an interview with Deadline.
“I don’t have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else who’s coming out or saying this. I’m bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now,” the Oscar-winning veteran actor further said.
Douglas added that being accused without being given the chance to defend himself in court worries him; adding there is no due process.
Braudy, who admitted she was not surprised with Douglas’ denial said: “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.”