Michael Douglas’ rep denies actor said oral sex gave him cancer

However, The Guardian has released tape backing their story

A representative for Michael Douglas has denied reports that the actor revealed in an interview that he got cancer from cunnilingus.

On Monday (June 3), The Guardian reported that The 68-year-old actor, who is currently receiving critical praise for his role as Liberace in the upcoming Behind The Candelabra, claimed his stage-four cancer was caused by the HPV virus he caught from performing oral sex.

When asked if years of heavy smoking and drinking caused his throat cancer, Douglas, who is the partner of actress Catherine Zeta Jones, said: “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”

However, Allen Burry, a spokesman for the Wall Street actor, has said Douglas was talking about the roots of throat cancer and mentioned that one of the causes was oral sex, but he said the actor was not specifically referring to his own diagnosis.

Burry told AP: “In a discussion with the newspaper, they talked about the causes of oral cancer, one of which was oral sex, which is noted and has been known for a while now.”

The Guardian has said it “denies the charges of misrepresentation”, and has now released the audio of the interview. You can listen to the tape, and decide who is right or wrong, by clicking here.

Michael Douglas can next be seen starring alongside Matt Damon as Liberace in flamboyant biopic Behind The Candelabra. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to view the most recent trailer.