Ten days after Michael Douglas preemptively denied an allegation of sexual harassment, the writer and former employee of Douglas Susan Braudy went public on Friday with those accusations on national television.
That led Oscar-winner Douglas to issue a statement hours after the journalist and author Braudy said that he was "causing real harm to those who have endured sexual harassment and intimidation." Douglas remained firm in her earlier statement that she had never behaved inappropriately with her.
In the interview that was broadcast on Friday "Today," Braudy said of Douglas, "I thought he was the king of the world and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions."
Braudy's accusations – which Douglas called Friday "unfortunate but complete inventions" – date back to when she ran the New York office of Douglas & Stonegate productions at the end of the 1980s. . She alleged that she masturbated in front of her in a work meeting in her apartment, used inappropriate sexual language around her and denied her in the film industry after being let go of her company.
"He slid on the floor, unbuckled his belt and put his hand inside his pants and I could see what he was doing, then he began to caress himself," he said. "And I was very scared."
At that time, the actor's star was at its brightest: he won his second Academy Award, for "Wall Street", in 1988, and starred in such films as "Fatal Attraction" and "The War of the Roses." "
In a Baudy interview with the Hollywood Reporter that Douglas specifically mentioned in his January 9 statement, Baudy said that she closed her notebook and left the apartment immediately after seeing that Douglas had both hands on pants and seemed to reach climax in a matter of seconds.
Braudy told THR that at that time she was too intimidated to comply with a claim of sexual harassment. She told Kate Snow of NBC News that she interviewed her for "Today", that she did not think then that what she claims Douglas did was a crime, and therefore she did not call the police.
On Friday, Douglas said that Braudy had a strong voice at the time they worked together:
"This individual is an industry veteran, a senior executive, a published novelist and an established member of the women's movement – someone with a strong voice now and when she worked in my company more than three decades ago, at no time expressed or showed the slightest feeling of discomfort when working in our environment, or with me personally.
"That's because in No time, and under no circumstances, I behaved inappropriately with her. Rude language or private conversations with my friends that may have worried him are far from harassment. "
Braudy told THR that she spoke about the alleged incident to three people immediately after, including Michael Wolff, who wrote the book "Fire and Fury: Inside Trump White House" and is a THR columnist.
"This is a complete lie, a fabrication, it's not true at all," Douglas told Deadline on January 9 before Braudy she made public with her accusation, admitted using "colorful language" while talking to her friends and apologized if she had offended Braudy, whom she did not name.
She said that she would have been "honest" about her as an employee if someone in the He called the industry to ask about her, but he said he never criticized her.
"Maybe she's upset because her career did not turn out as expected and she's holding a grudge," she told Deadline. "It's caused me tremendous stress. for something I believe in, I have nothing to regret or feel responsible for. "
Douglas also said on Friday he did not intend to continue commenting.
This article was updated to include a new statement by Douglas. The first version of the article published at 9:25 a.m.