According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 73-year-old actor has been accused of sexual misconduct by journalist Susan Braudy, who claimed that the star unzipped his trousers and m. ****d in front of her.
"He thought he was the king of the world, and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions", Braudy told Kate Snow of NBC News in an interview that aired Friday morning.
Braudy claimed that Douglas frequently harassed her when she worked for his company Stone Bridge Productions in the 1980s, repeatedly using inappropriate sexual language.
After Douglas allegedly masturbated in front of her, their work relationship began to wilt.
As for why she hadn't come forward publicly sooner, Braudy told Today, "One of my friends said, 'You better not tell people about him.' People were frightened for me".
Wolff, the author of the controversial new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", said: "We have discussed the incident many, many times since, as well as Douglas' relentless, goading, mocking and belittling sexual behavior".
Braudy backed up her story to THR with notes and files she kept during her employment under Douglas, and with the testimony of three people she had told of her experiences. She wrote: "Michael unzipped his chinos and I registered something amiss".
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Last week, Douglas gave an interview to the website Deadline, in which he said he had become aware that a woman had gone to possibly two other industry publications to pitch her story, including the allegation that he masturbated in front of her. "I was very scared". While writing to the Hollywood Reporter, Braudy does reveal that she was let go from her job later in 1989, after Douglas presented her with a confidentiality agreement (that she did not sign). "I'm hurt, really hurt and offended and I wonder if people realise when you do something like this, it hurts a lot more than just one person".
Douglas got ahead of the allegations before they appeared in public, describing them to The Hollywood Reporter as "an unfortunate and complete fabrication". At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally. Douglas maintains he never acted inappropriately and that "coarse language or overheard private conversations with my friends that may have troubled her are a far cry from harassment".
Douglas denies the story, saying: "I'm bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now".
He also suggested to Deadline that Braudy is perhaps "disgruntled that her career didn't go the way she hoped and she is holding this grudge".
"I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimization", Braudy explained.
She said she supported "110 percent" the Time's Up and #MeToo movements against sexual misconduct.
Adding that he is "so supportive of the women's movement", Douglas said: "The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children".