10 New Details About The Michael Douglas Sexual Harassment Allegations — Including How The Actor Masturbated In Front Of A Woman

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10 New Details About The Allegations Against Michael Douglas
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He denies the allegations.

Actor Michael Douglas has been accused of masturbating in front of a former employee nearly 30 years ago.

Susan Braudy, a well-known author and journalist, claimed Douglas “rubbed his private parts” in front of her in his NYC residence while the two were having a one-on-one meeting.

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"Michael unzipped his chinos and I registered something amiss,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Still complimenting my additions to our E.T. imitation, his voice lowered at least half an octave. I peered at him and saw he'd inserted both hands into his unzipped pants. I realized to my horror that he was rubbing his private parts. Within seconds his voice cracked and it appeared to me he'd had an orgasm."

With Harvey Weinstein having been held accountable for his actions in recent months and the #MeToo movement gaining ground, Braudy finally had the courage to tell her story publicly.

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Douglas contacted Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter before the stories were even published in an effort to set the record straight and vehemently denied the accusations.

“I felt the need to get ahead of this,” he said. But Braudy is adamant to bring Douglas to justice for his alleged actions in the past.

"I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimization," she said over the phone to a writer for The Hollywood Reporter. "These are some reasons why so many women don't come forward with their stories — Lord knows it's taken 30 years and a movement for me to gather my courage."

Here’s everything you need to know about the accusations against Michael Douglas.

1. Braudy worked for Douglas and often worked from his Manhattan home.

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Braudy was running Stonebridge Productions, a production company started by Douglas. She said she would work from his residence in NYC quite often.

"Michael was usually barefoot, his blue oxford shirt unbuttoned to his navel," she writes. "I sat across the room on the yellow silk couch taking notes."

2. Douglas allegedly subjected Braudy to sexual harassment and demeaning comments regularly.

Braudy told The Hollywood Reporter that Douglas often remarked about her appearance and spoke of his mistresses. She said she "did my best to shrug off the cloud of sexual aggression that Michael reflexively emitted."

In an effort to stop Douglas from commenting about her body "I began wearing long, loose layers of black”, she wrote. "He asked a producer, 'Why does Susan dress like a pregnant nun?' Another time I laughed loudly and he shouted to a group of agents, 'Oh yeah, she's a screamer! I bet she screams in the sack.' I protested, 'Please, don't talk like that. It's inappropriate.' This made him laugh until he got pink splotches on his cheeks."

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3. She knew what he was doing was wrong but sexual harassment was not talked about in the 80s.

"I knew something was off but had no name for it," she wrote. "I'd never heard there was a phenomenon called sexual harassment and didn't know the term until the Anita Hill hearings in 1991."

4. Braudy kept detailed notes of the incident.

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She provided The Hollywood Reporter with a written account of the incidents as well as three people who she had told about Douglas’ inappropriate behavior, including author Michael Wolff, former Newsweek journalist Lynn Povich, and Joseph Weintraub.

Braudy also supplied a letter from the California Women’s Law Center from 1993 to show she had asked about how to handle sexual harassment in the workplace.

5. She claims Douglas masturbated in front of her in his NYC home.

"Michael unzipped his chinos and I registered something amiss,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Still complimenting my additions to our E.T. imitation, his voice lowered at least half an octave. I peered at him and saw he'd inserted both hands into his unzipped pants. I realized to my horror that he was rubbing his private parts. Within seconds his voice cracked and it appeared to me he'd had an orgasm."

6. Braudy immediately ran to the door to leave.

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"I said nothing. I was surprised I wasn't falling to pieces even though I was humiliated. I realized he thought he could do anything he wanted because he was so much more powerful than I was.”

7. Douglas thanked her afterward.

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“Michael ran barefoot after me to the elevator, zipping his fly and buckling his belt. 'Hey, thank you, you're good. You helped me, thank you, thank you.'"

8. He tried to get Braudy to sign a confidentiality agreement. 

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"When he sweetly asked me to sign a confidentiality agreement, I knew Michael was preparing to fire me," she wrote. "'Don't sign,' my lawyer Leon Friedman said. 'Keep saying your lawyer is out of town.' So Michael waited six months for my lawyer 'to return.'"

She never ended up signing the agreement.

9. She was fired from her job soon after. 

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Braudy was dismissed from her position at Stonebridge Productions in 1989 and accused Douglas of blackballing her, which he denied in an interview with Deadline.

“She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn't have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on,” he said. “I never blackballed her. If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”

10. Douglas denies the allegations.

While the 73-year-old acting veteran admits having used colorful language, “none of it was directed at her.”

Douglas denies ever masturbating in front of Braudy, though, and went on to say he is completely supportive of the #MeToo movement.

“Finally, masturbating in front of her? I don’t know where to begin,” he said in the interview with Deadline. “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.”

He lashed out at Braudy and then went on about how her false claim could affect him. 

“I’d confess to anything I thought I was responsible for. And it was most certainly not masturbating in front of this woman," Douglas continued. "This reeks. I would have respected if she had reached out to me any time over these years, to share her pain or concerns and I would have been the first one to respond. But this, going directly to the newspapers or whatever you want to call them, it just reeks of something else. I’m upset. It wasn’t the new year I had anticipated. I’m having a hard time understanding it. I’m very grateful to my family and business associates around me. I’m fearful, I have jobs going with studios who all seem to be supportive at this time. I’m hurt, really hurt and offended and I wonder if people realize when you do something like this, it hurts a lot more than just one person.”

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