Catherine Zeta-Jones opens up about Michael Douglas sexual harassment allegations
Nearly a year after her husband was embroiled within a disturbing allegation of sexual harassment, Catherine Zeta-Jones has openly discussed the situation.
Zeta-Jones, who has been married to Douglas for 18 years, continued to refute the claims made by a former employee of her husband and admitted that the issue had left her in a difficult situation given the fact that she is a keen supporter of the #MeToo movement.
It was back in January that journalist and author Susan Braudy—who worked for Douglas’s production company in the 1980s—accused Douglas of once masturbating in front of her during a meeting at his home to run through a script. Braudy also accused Douglas of making numerous ‘vulgar’ jokes about her body while working for him.
When the accusations emerged, Zeta-Jones released an official statement claiming that Douglas’ claims were nothing more than “an unfortunate and complete fabrication.” In the following months, the actress has remained silent on the subject. Now, however, in a new interview with the Times, Zeta-Jones explained: “My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations. And I was torn about where my absolute morals lie.”
She added: “This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband,” Zeta-Jones continued. “I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, ‘Do you understand if more comes out. . . .’”
Continuing, she said: “It was a really hard position for me and, in the height of it all, it was nasty,” the actress said. Zeta-Jones added that Douglas told her and his children “that there is no story here and that time will tell. And, of course, it did.”
Following the interview, Zeta-Jones joined the Today show where she added more insight into the wider impact of the accusations: “When you have kids that didn’t ask to be born into a world where it’s scrutinized or looked into, you’ve got to be open and honest and share things that people at the drug store probably wouldn’t share over the counter,” she said.
Asked about the scrutiny her husband faces, Zeta-Jones defiantly answered: “No, not at all!” when asked if Douglas is taking too much. “Michael is doing just fine,” she added.