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“It was upsetting”: Catherine Zeta Jones speaks out on Michael Douglas assault allegations

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Emily Reynolds
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Catherine Zeta-Jones has broken her silence on recent allegations against husband Michael Douglas. 

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has responded to claims that her husband, actor Michael Douglas, behaved inappropriately to a former employee in the 1980s, calling the claims “erroneous and false”. 

“It was very, very upsetting,” Zeta-Jones told The Mirror. “Anything like that, that is erroneous and false, would take anyone by surprise.”

Earlier this year, Douglas came forward to deny allegations that he’d masturbated in front of an employee in the 80s – a pre-emptive move that he took upon hearing The Hollywood Reporter was planning a story on the alleged incident. 

“She claims that, one, I used colourful language in front of her, not at her, but that I used colourful language,” Douglas told Deadline. “Two, she claims that in conversations I had in front of her, on the phone, that I spoke raunchily, or dirtily with friends of mine, in private conversations.

“I fired her eventually… for the work she was doing, (but) three, she claims that I blackballed her from the industry and stopped her from getting another job.”

“I’m glad that the non-story was put straight,” she says. “It was a looming accusation and I am very happy that Michael did a pre-emptive move. This was something that supposedly happened 30-odd years ago and was unfounded, so Michael needed to make that stance.”

“There’s nobody who supports the #MeToo movement more than me and my husband.”

Zeta-Jones was one of many actresses wearing black as part of the recent #TimesUp initiative during the Golden Globes.

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