Michael Douglas responds to sexual harassment allegation

The actor has refuted the as-yet-unpublished accusation after being approached by two publications

Michael Douglas has spoken out to deny a historic accusation of sexual harassment.

The actor was initially made aware of the allegation after being approached by both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, although the claim has yet to be made public.

The allegation in question claims that Douglas masturbated in front of a former employee 32 years ago.

Douglas has now spoken to Deadline to issue a denial, calling the allegation a “complete lie”.

“I got a message from my attorney that The Hollywood Reporter wanted to do a story about an employee that worked for me approximately 32 years ago,” he told the publication.

“She claims that, one, I used colourful language in front of her, not at her, but that I used colourful language. Two, she claims that in conversations I had in front of her, on the phone, that I spoke raunchily, or dirtily with friends of mine, in private conversations.

“I fired her eventually, for the work she was doing. But three, she claims that I blackballed her from the industry and stopped her form getting another job. And then, Four, she claims that I masturbated in front of her.”

In relation to the allegation that he masturbated in front of the woman, Douglas said: “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.

“It’s extremely painful. I don’t have skeletons in my close, or anyone else who’s coming out or saying this.”

Adding that he is “so supportive of the women’s movement”, Douglas said: “The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children. My kids are really upset… [they] have to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. They’re scared and very uncomfortable.”

Douglas has totally denied each of the allegations levelled against him.