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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Her Kids Were ‘Devastated’ by Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Michael Douglas

The sexual misconduct accusations made against Michael Douglas earlier this year rocked his family.

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Catherine Zeta Jones Kids Devastated Michael Douglas Allegations
Catherine Zeta-Jones attends the World Premiere of ‘Dad’s Army’ at Odeon Leicester Square on January 26, 2016 in London. Karwai Tang/

“My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations. And I was torn about where my absolute morals lie,” Catherine Zeta-Jones, who has been married to the actor since 2000, told The Times of London in an interview published on Sunday, November 25, referencing son Dylan, 18, and daughter Carys, 15. (Douglas is also the father of son Cameron, 39, with ex-wife Diandra Luker.)

“This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband,” the Chicago star, 49, continued. “I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, ‘Do you understand if more comes out …’”

Catherine Zeta Jones Kids Devastated Michael Douglas Allegations
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and their children Dylan and Carys attend the European Premiere of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ at Odeon Leicester Square on July 8, 2015 in London. Fred Duval/FilmMagic

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In January, journalist Susan Braudy claimed that Douglas, 74, masturbated in front of her during a meeting in the late 1980s, when she worked for his production company. The Wall Street star told Deadline that the allegation was “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.”

“My kids are really upset, [and they have] to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser,” he said at the time. “They’re scared and very uncomfortable.”

Catherine Zeta Jones Kids Devastated Michael Douglas Allegations
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones kiss at the Michael Douglas Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony on November 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images

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Zeta-Jones, who has been a public supporter of the #MeToo movement, told The Times that Douglas reassured her and their children that “there is no story here.”

“There was nothing to back it up at all,” she added. “For any accusation that comes out that isn’t backed up, that knocks the movement back 20 years.”

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