Michael Douglas accused of sexual harassment

Michael Douglas is a Hollywood actor.
Michael Douglas is a Hollywood actor. Photo credit: Getty

A former employee of Michael Douglas has described how the actor allegedly sexually harassed her.

Author and journalist Susan Braudy told The Hollywood Reporter she felt "humiliated" by his actions, which included him performing a sex act in front of her.

Last week Douglas issued a pre-emptive statement denying the claims, calling them "a complete lie, fabrication, no truth in it whatsoever".

"I don't have skeletons in my closet," he told Deadline.

"I'm bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out now."

Ms Barudy, who worked for Douglas' company, Stonebridge Productions, in the late 1980s, says there are reasons women don't come forward for so long.

"Lord knows it's taken 30 years and a movement for me to gather my courage."

She also claims Douglas used sexual language in front of her and commented on her body, leading her to wear only dark, loose clothing.

"I realised he thought he could do anything he wanted because he was so much more powerful than I was."

Douglas is the latest entertainment industry figure to face claims of misconduct amidst an uprising of movements fighting against sexual harassment.

#MeToo became a trending hashtag on Twitter and was later adopted across other platforms, with women encouraging each other to speak up and say "me too" if they had been victims of harassment.

It was sparked after several women came forward with damning claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Three-hundred Hollywood A-listers later launched the #TimesUp movement, which aims to combat sexual harassment.

The campaign aims to protect women from unwanted sexual advances across all areas of the workforce - especially those who are particularly vulnerable or don't have the funds to seek legal help.

Douglas told Deadline he fears Ms Braudy's allegations could set back the movements.

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