Michael Douglas Accused of Sexual Harassment Following Preemptive Denial

Anita Tucker
January 20, 2018

"He thought he was the king of the world and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions", she said in an interview that aired Friday.

Ten days after Michael Douglas preemptively denied an accusation of sexual harassment, writer and former Douglas employee Susan Braudy went public with those allegations on national TV. She alleged that he masturbated in front of her at a work meeting at his apartment, used inappropriate sexual language around her and blackballed her in the film industry.

"He slid down to the floor, unbuckled his belt, put his hands inside his pants and I could see what he was doing", she said.

"People were very frightened for me", she said.

She explained, "When he sweetly asked me to sign a confidentiality agreement, I knew Michael was preparing to fire me".

The Hollywood Reporter has published a detailed look at sexual harassment allegations that have surfaced against Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas.

"I'm bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now", he said.

Susan Braudy, 76, spoke out a week after Douglas, 73, issued a pre-emptive denial.

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Braudy ran out of the room and straight to the elevator, where Douglas, she alleges, caught up with her and thanked her for helping him. In a written statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Douglas described the accusations as "an unfortunate and complete fabrication". During her time there, Douglas was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, an Oscar victor for his performance in Wall Street.

"I'd never heard there was a phenomenon called sexual harassment and didn't know the term until the Anita Hill hearings in 1991".

She also said he routinely engaged in sexually charged talk in front of her; made lewd comments about her sex life, body and choice of clothes and recounted his affairs with Kathleen Turner and other women. Braudy recalls thinking that Douglas "thought he could do anything he wanted because he was so much more powerful than I was".

During that meeting, Braudy says Douglas masturbated in front of her.

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His wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, stood by Douglas, telling People in a separate interview that "it's very clear the way he stands" while simultaneously heralding the #MeToo movement. He admitted to using "colorful language" while speaking with his friends and apologized if he had offended Braudy, whom he didn't name.

"My reaction was that as two people who have been in this business - him longer than me - was that we support "Me Too" and the movement more than anybody, anybody - me as a woman, him as a man", Zeta-Jones told Entertainment Tonight. He also suggested that Braudy may be attacking him because she's disappointed her career didn't go the way she was hoping it would.

The actor told celebrity website Deadline in a January 9 interview: "I can't believe that someone would cause someone else pain like this".

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