Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is defending her husband, Michael Douglas, after the actor revealed he was being accused of sexual misconduct. Zeta-Jones is currently promoting her latest film, Cocaine Godmother, touched on the subject while stating she stands by her husband and his decision to come forward.
There Was No Other Way
Douglas stated that he was being accused of sexually harassing a former employee. The actor revealed that he had been contacted by multiple news outlets in reference to an allegation from a woman that claimed he masturbated in front of her over 32 years ago. The anonymous woman also claimed that the actor spoke "raunchily" to her and her friends.
Douglas vehemently denied the allegation and beat the outlets to the punch by doing an in-depth interview on the story himself; a step no other actor has taken.
"I had the choice of waiting for a story to come out, one that will clearly get picked up by other newspapers and magazines, and then I have to sit there and try to defend myself. Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns," Douglas stated.
The actor elaborated that any inappropriate language that was used around the female employee was not meant for her and he apologized for that.
Zeta-Jones, who has been married to Douglas since 2000, supported her husband's decision to come forward with the allegation and also is standing by him. The actress also states that while she does support her husband, she also supports the #MeToo movement and all the women who have come forward.
"My reaction was that as two people who have been in this business — him longer than me — was that we support 'Me Too' and the movement more than anybody, anybody — me as a woman, him as a man," Zeta-Jones stated.
The actress stated that she remains optimistic that things will change for the better as more women continue to share their story.
"This is not going to be at the forefront of everyone's mind forever and ever, and we're going to have to be kind to each other. We can't ask everyone else to be kind to us unless we're kind to each other," she continued.
Zeta-Jones and Douglas have two children together, Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta. The couple briefly separated in 2013 while Douglas underwent treatment for throat cancer. They reconciled in November of that year and stated they were "stronger than ever".
Zeta-Jones will portray infamous Colombian drug-lord, Griselda Blanco, who was known as the "Queen of Narco-Trafficking" in the upcoming Lifetime biopic which will be released on Jan. 20.