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Catherine Zeta-Jones calls Michael Douglas sexual harassment claims 'upsetting'

Catherine Zeta Jones is speaking out against the sexual harassment allegations made against her husband, Michael Douglas, calling the reports “very, very upsetting.” Speaking to the Mirror, she said: "Anything like that, that is erroneous and false, would take anyone by surprise."

The actress' 73-year-old husband denied the claims before the allegations went public earlier this month, telling Deadline that the former employee's claims were a "complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever," and that his head was "reeling."

Catherine Zeta-Jones spoke out about sexual harassment allegations made against her husband Michael Douglas Photo: Getty Images 

On her husband's decision to speak out, Catherine, 48, added: "I'm glad that the non-story was put straight. It was a looming accusation and I am very happy that Michael did a preemptive move." Michael's former employee accused the actor of improper language as well as sexual harassment and barring her from getting other work.

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Speaking about the accusation, he said: "I will fess up to colorful language... She may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself. As far as blackballing her, that was completely untrue. She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn't have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on. If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her."

Michael spoke out against the claims in a statement to Deadline Photo: Getty Images 

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He continued: "I tried to figure out, why the hell would somebody do this? The part that hurt the most is having to share something like this with your wife and your children. My kids are really upset, [they had to] go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. They're scared and very uncomfortable."

 

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