Catherine Zeta-Jones is opening up about what it was like to watch husband Michael Douglas hit with claims of sexual misconduct, admitting that she and their children were “devastated” by the allegations.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the 49-year-old Welsh actress recalls the shock of learning that her husband, 74, was being accused by a former employee, who alleged the “Wall Street” star masturbated in front of her during a 1989 script meeting.
“My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations,” Zeta-Jones tells the Sunday Times. “And I was torn about where my absolute morals lie. This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband.”
The allegations led Zeta-Jones to have “a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, ‘Do you understand if more comes out…’”
She admits that, as a supporter of the #MeToo movement, the allegations against Douglas placed her in a difficult spot. “It was a really hard position for me and, in the height of it all, it was nasty,” she admits.
Douglas, however, was adamant that the allegations were bogus, and insisted he simply did not behave that way, promising there would not be a Harvey Weinstein-style barrage of similar allegations following.
Douglas, she says, told his family “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 movement back 20 years.”
Adds Zeta-Jones: “God knows we’ve had ups and downs in our marriage, but I don’t throw the towel in very quickly on anything. I’m not that person. Not that I would white-knuckle it until the day he drops dead. Or the day I drop dead, I’m not that stupid, either,” she adds with a laugh.
Prior to the woman’s allegations being made public, Douglas offered a pre-emptive response to refute her claims entirely. “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever,” he said in January 2018.
On Tuesday, Zeta-Jones appeared on “Today”, and touched on her Sunday Times interview, specifically the revelation of the family conversation. “We share everything around the table. I’m a big European kind of family girl, so everything is shared around the table,” she said. “You clear the air and everybody knows what’s going on. There are no big surprises.” Watch: