Actor has denied the claims
The sexual harassment allegations facing Michael Douglas have been detailed in a newly written account.
The actor recently spoke out to preemptively deny the accusations before they had been published. He said at the time: “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever”.
Now, in an account published by The Hollywood Reporter, a former employee of Douglas’, Susan Braudy, claims that she endured “sexual harassment by Douglas” that “included near-constant profane and sexually charged dialogue, demeaning comments about her appearance, graphic discussions regarding his mistresses and more”.
Braudy also alleges that Douglas once masturbated in front of her, which the actor has denied. “I was humiliated,” Braudy said of the alleged incident. “I realised he thought he could do anything he wanted because he was so much more powerful than I was.”
Of Douglas’ denial, Braudy says: “I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimisation. 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.”
Douglas previously said of the allegations: “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.”