Michael Douglas Accused of Harassing, Masturbating in Front of Former Employee

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On Thursday, that story came out in a detailed account for The Hollywood Reporter, in which author Susan Braudy accused the actor of sexual harassment when she worked for him in the 1980s running the NY office for his production company, Stonebridge Productions.

Braudy worked for Douglas's company Stonebridge Productions in the late 1980s.

The woman accusing Michael Douglas of masturbating in front of her almost three decades ago says she and her friends feared what would happen if she ever spoke out against the actor. Once, she says, he masturbated in front of her during a work meeting at his apartment: "He slid down to the floor, unbuckled his belt, and put his hand inside his pants, and I could see what he was doing", Braudy told Today.

"At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally".

Braudy kept written accounts and files, including a letter to the California Women's Law Center inquiring about sexual harassment in the workplace, about her experiences of Douglas' use of alleged sexually charged and demeaning language around her, which she claimed eventually escalated to him masturbating in her presence. She says that Douglas chased her to the elevator while zipping his trousers and telling her, "Hey, thank you, you're good".

"Douglas declined a request for comment from NBC News but told the Hollywood Reporter that Braudy's story was "an unfortunate and complete fabrication".

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Braudy alleged in documents provided to The Hollywood Reporter that she was in a script meeting with Douglas, now 73, when she noticed he slid down from his chair onto the floor.

He called it a "complete lie, fabrication", saying: "I will fess up to colourful language, but the issue of masturbating in front of her?" The editor addressed the process by which his publication vetted the story for publication, especially in light of how the #MeToo movement has shifted the way the media covers stories about sexual misconduct. "So I thought it stunk". The Oscar-winning actor also made inappropriate comments about how Braudy dressed, describing her style as "a pregnant nun". Michael ran barefoot after me to the elevator, zipping his fly and buckling his belt, saying "Hey, thank you, you're good. I bet she screams in the sack".

In the process of getting ahead of Braudy's story, Douglas told Deadline that he barely remembered working with her and fired her because her work was subpar.

In his preemptive interview with Deadline, Douglas stressed that he hadn't heard from Braudy in 30-plus years, stressing that these allegations should have come out sooner if they are in fact true.

Braudy said she did her best "to shrug off the cloud of sexual aggression that Michael reflexively emitted". "I think it's very clear the way that he stands".

"I made sure that I was never ever ever alone with him again", Braudy added, according to NBC News. He added, "she may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself".

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