At the start of this year, Michael Douglas publicly came out and claimed that a woman from his past was about to accuse him of sexual misconduct. His wife of 18 years and icon of the shamelessly gorgeous and rich Catherine Zeta-Jones now has something to say about that.
Michael Douglas had claimed that a woman named Susan Braudy, who worked for him 30 years ago, was selling a #MeToo story about himself. The Hollywood Reporter picked it up, and allegedly informed Michael that the woman’s accusations included that he used to talk dirty, jerk off around her and fired her before blackballing her from future jobs. Michael denied the accusations, but THR decided to run the story anyway. At the time the accusations started gaining some traction in the news, Catherine Zeta-Jones appeared on The View, and she stated that Michael was “honest, open, and transparent” and that the accusations allegedly appened “B.C.” – before Catherine.
Catherine Zeta-Jones recently gave an interview to the The Times (via People) that was published on Sunday. The Times were curious about how she handled the misconduct allegations against her husband ten months earlier. Catherine says she and her children were “devastated” by the allegations, but she spoke to Michael and he assured her it was all lies. And apparently she’s good with that, so case closed.
“My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations. And I was torn about where my absolute morals lie. This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband. I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, ‘Do you understand if more comes out…'”
Catherine says that Michael assured them all that nothing else was going to come out.
“By telling us that there is no story here and that time will tell. And, of course, it did. There was nothing to back it up at all. For any accusation that comes out that isn’t backed up, that knocks the [#MeToo] movement back 20 years.”
Catherine adds that they’ve had their ups and downs in marriage, and that she’s not the type who would “throw in the towel” so quickly. But she says she fully supports the #MeToo movement.
Catherine probably didn’t mind talking about the allegations against her husband, because the more she talks about that, the less time there’s room on the clock for the interviewer to cover any other awkward family discussions. “So, while we’re on the topic of big conversations about stuff that happened in January…how far would it knock the #MeToo movement back if we asked about presenting with your father-in-law at the Golden Globes?”