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Catherine Zeta-Jones Defends Husband Michael Douglas After Allegations Surface

Last Friday, Catherine Zeta-Jones spoke out in defense of her husband of 17 years, Michael Douglas.

Earlier in the day, Susan Braudy, a former employee of Douglas' Stonebridge Productions, appeared on the TODAY show to make claims against the Wall Street star according to the Daily Mail. Braudy alleges that the 73-year-old actor once touched himself inappropriately in front of her at some point in her three-year stint of employment with his company. Douglas preemptively denied the accusation in a Deadline article released on Jan.9, 2018, before Braudy went public with the claim. "It's a complete lie," he wrote. "Fabrication, no truth in it whatsoever."

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Appearing on Friday's The View, Zeta-Jones told the panel and audience, "Michael had to come out preemptively because of what he believes in. He was articulate, said it from the heart. He was honest, open and transparent. He now has to take the next step for where he goes from here. It's a question for him. It happened 30 years ago, it was B.C - before Catherine." The 48-year old Mask of Zorro actress first met Douglas at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival. The pair went on to wed in 2000, despite the 25 year age gap. Although they briefly separated for a matter of months in 2013, they went on to reconcile.

Going on to talk about the Times Up and Me Too movements during her appearance on The View, Zeta-Jones said she has been lucky enough to not experience anything untoward during her career. "Look, I support this movement, Time's Up and #MeToo, 110 percent. Always have since the moment it really opened up to the public because we all know it's been going on for years and not just in our industry. It's been happening across the board everywhere. I hold my heart and thank the Lord, no, no [I was never victimized or attacked]."

Zeta-Jones' latest venture, the Lifetime movie based on Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, is set for release this week.

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