Michael Douglas accused of sexual harassment by former employee

Michael Douglas accused of sexual harassment by former employee
From Global News - January 19, 2018

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Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas was accused of sexually harassing a former employee on Friday.

Susan Braudy, a well-known journalist and author who used to be employed by Douglas, came forward with stories about the actor to The Hollywood Reporter, saying he continually sexually harassed herusing sexually explicit language and commenting about her bodyand once masturbated in front of her during the 80s. She also accused him of blackballing her from the industry.

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I think he just thought he was so powerful he thought he could do anything, said Braudy, 76, on the Today show. He would repeat things that he said to [fellow actor] Jack Nicholson, who he loved to talk to on the phone about such things as the 50 slang words for his private parts.

Her Today appearance was her first on-camera interview about the alleged abuse.

Last week, Douglas, 73,preemptively came forward about the allegations, explaining that he felt the need to get ahead of the nightmare situation. He vehemently denied the accusations.

This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth in it whatsoever, he said, apologizing for using colourful language. None of it was directed at her. She didnt say it was. It was my office and that was the tone that I set. As to colourful language, she may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself.

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I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else, he continued. I dont have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else whos coming out or saying this. Im bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now. I cant believe that someone would cause someone else pain like this. Maybe she is disgruntled that her career didnt go the way she hoped and she is holding this grudge.

Braudy alleged that his sexual harassment escalated until a meeting with Douglas in his New York City apartment in 1989, when things reached a breaking point, of sorts.

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