Another SHOCKING Hollywood Sexual Abuse Scandal
Since the break of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more than 100 Hollywood insiders have been exposed for sexual harassment.
Each case gets less and less sensational, because of the sheer lunacy of the charges. Pretty much every man in Hollywood who’s accomplished anything either has been or accused or will be accused of sexual abuse.
Now we add Michael Douglas to that list of scoundrels. But should we?
Douglas met the epitome of crazy women in his Fatal Attraction days, only it wasn’t his co-star in that film.
No, this was real life, and the antagonist was an employee Douglas later fired. So now we have another three decades old story of Hollywood harassment.
The story begins with Michael Douglas cursing in front of the aggrieved woman. Because as we all know, Hollywood women are delicate flowers who don’t handle expletives well.
Nonetheless, the story morphed from Michael Douglas “cursing” in front of her to Douglas masturbating in front of her.
I guess this is another “suppressed” memory by yet another pitiful War on Women survivor. But why pick on Douglas? He didn’t get a Golden Globe recently. And let’s face it, the man is far past his prime.
Perhaps Douglas is the only Hollywood name his accuser could attach herself to.
1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back
The #MeToo movement was born out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. As more offenders come to light, more victims surface. #MeToo is supposed to be a platform for women to share their stories and empower one another. However, sadly many false or exaggerated allegations threaten to set the movement back.
Every single woman in my life has a real, authentic #MeToo story. They don’t involve Hollywood big names, or powerful producers. Yet, what we see unfolding among the rich and famous certainly influences how we handle things in our own lives. Therefore, it is imperative that the women stepping up in the public eye are 100% truthful. Therein lies the rub.
Douglas agrees, dishonest accusations will certainly set #MeToo back. As he explained to Deadline:
Look, I support the #metoo movement with all my heart. I have always supported women, along the way. This is the kind of step that can set that movement back. Being accused, without a chance [to defend yourself] in court. To not even really have the information in front of you, to be able to argue or defend yourself. There is no due process, no chance of seeing evidence in front of me from my accuser. It worries me.
I saw Sheryl Sandberg, warned about a potential backlash in this area. I’m just happy to be able to present my story. I’m grateful to have the support of my wife and my kids who’ve had to share this with me. It has been a complete nightmare. It’s really hard to conceive that I have to defend myself against a situation that is 32 years ago, and it was not what they are saying it was.
According to Douglas, the accusations against him belong in the #FakeNews category. In fact, Douglas was first to reach out and tell his side of the story in order to get ahead of the scandal. Therefore, he decided to tell it his way, even if it invites scrutiny into his life.
As Breitbart noted:
According to Douglas, over the holidays he was contacted by a news outlet preparing to publish accusations that he used foul language and masturbated in front of one of his female development directors some thirty years ago. Douglas admitted to using swear words but pointed out that he is not accused of swearing at her, but rather in front of her when speaking on the phone to others.
Douglas further claims that he is not being accused of any kind of sexual harassment or misconduct, other than the masturbation allegation, which he completely denies.
“Finally, masturbating in front of her? I don’t know where to begin,” Douglas told Deadline, adding, “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.
“The reporter told me, ‘she did say that you never harassed her, never touched her,’ and I said…okay. So I didn’t know where this comes from,” Douglas explained.
The unnamed accuser also alleges that Douglas blackballed her after firing her. Douglas admits he fired her for poor job performance but that he never blackballed her.
Douglas doesn’t mention his accuser by name. However, he does explain that she’s a blogger. Douglas suspects she might be shopping for a book deal. The idea that someone is using a job they had 30 years ago to garnish publicity for a new book isn’t that far-fetched. However, it will be interesting to see if she’ll still step forward, or if Douglas’ preemptive strike nipped his problem in the bud.
Either way, I’m sure the list of Hollywood offenders will continue to grow, as will the list of victims, both real and of course mostly make-believe.