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Michael Douglas: Sexual Harassment Allegation Details Published

Earlier this month, a sexual harassment allegation story was pre-empted when Michael Douglas publicly denied masturbating in front of a woman who was once in his employ.

He made a very convincing statement, but … since he spoke out before the accusations were even published, we only got to hear his version of events and of the woman’s story itself.

Now, the woman’s allegations have been published.

The Hollywood Reporter has come out with an account of accusations against Michael Douglas by Susan Braudy. They first summarize her situation.

“In the late ’80s, when Braudy was in her 40s, she was hired to run the New York office of Stonebridge Productions, the production company launched by actor and producer Michael Douglas, then one of the biggest and most powerful stars in Hollywood.”

She apparently kept detailed records at the time, including evidence of her employment and evidence that she once sought — but ultimately did not pursue — a remedy for the sexual harassment that she claims that she experienced.

“She claimed she was subjected to sexual harassment by Douglas that included near-constant profane and sexually charged dialogue, demeaning comments about her appearance, graphic discussions regarding his mistresses and more.”

In addition to written records, Braudy was able to put The Hollywood Reporter in touch with multiple people who could confirm that she’s been describing these events for decades, including at least one well-known journalist and author.

“The most traumatizing experience, she said, took place during a one-on-one script meeting in his apartment, during which Douglas masturbated in her presence, prompting her to run home crying.”

But let’s hear her words.

In Susan Braudy’s own writing, she describes her job at the time as being to “read scripts, hire and supervise screenwriters, and perhaps most important, to babysit Michael in his apartment.”

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the entertainment industry is full of odd jobs where personal lives and professional lives overlap.

At first, she says that she “did my best to shrug off the cloud of sexual aggression that Michael reflexively emitted.”

“I knew something was off but had no name for it,” she says in her writings. “I’d never heard there was a phenomenon called sexual harassment and didn’t know the term until the Anita Hill hearings in 1991.”

And she has an anecdote that both harmless and sure to turn stomachs:

“One screenwriter I hired asked if he could bring his daughter to meet Michael. She asked Michael for a banana. Michael strode to me and said so that only I could hear, ‘Yes. And then you can tell your friends you licked Michael Douglas’ banana.’ I was appalled.”

She claims that Michael Douglas used a crude term for a woman’s genitalia when they first met, and that she eventually took steps to deter him from commenting about her body:

“I began wearing long, loose layers of black. 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.'”

In no way is that an acceptable way to talk to or about your coworker.

“I protested, ‘Please, don’t talk like that. It’s inappropriate.’ This made him laugh until he got pink splotches on his cheeks.”

That sure sounds inappropriate.

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

This was in 1989. That outfit itself sounds fine. What she says happened next during this one instance … does not.

“Michael unzipped his chinos and I registered something amiss. Still complimenting my additions to our E.T. imitation, his voice lowered at least half an octave.”

And then. …

“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.”

“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.”

We struggle to think of what a person might say in that situation. That sounds so creepy and gross, especially at what was — though at his house — a work meeting.

“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.'”

Braudy says that she was soon after asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement and that, after stalling on her lawyer’s advice for six months, she was let go towards the end of 1989.

Michael Douglas has famously strongly denied these allegations of sexual harassment and general creepiness.

We can consider the fact that either Susan Braudy is lying, though it’s hard to conceive of a reason for her to do so. And the idea of someone confiding a lie in 1989 as part of some decades-long scheme to come out with it in 2018 … is truly bizarre.

We can also consider that Michael Douglas is lying, as his motive for doing so would be to preserve his reputation.

But can we talk about another possibility?

It was the ’80s, and Michael Douglas’ career was pretty much at its peak.

Some have openly wondered if Douglas was abusing any substances at the time (which we are not accusing him of) that might have lowered his impulse-control and perhaps also prevented him from remembering or even realizing his actions.

Even without the involvement of illicit substances, it sounds like both Michael Douglas and Susan Braudy could be describing events as they remember them. Susan might have her memory locked in because of trauma, while Michael Douglas might have thought nothing of events.

It’s even possible that one or both of them misinterpreted the other during that time period.

The only thing that we know with absolute certainty is that no one should have to face the kind of workplace harassment that Braudy describes.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Alice Amter Supports Matt Damon’s Sexual Harassment Comments

Actress Alice Amter jumped to Matt Damon’s defense Thursday night, saying it’s grossly unfair to skewer Damon for saying it’s wrong to lump all men in the same basket on the subject of sexual harassment. The ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress was at Craig’s…

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Alice Amter Supports Matt Damon’s Sexual Harassment Comments

Actress Alice Amter jumped to Matt Damon’s defense Thursday night, saying it’s grossly unfair to skewer Damon for saying it’s wrong to lump all men in the same basket on the subject of sexual harassment. The ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress was at Craig’s…

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L.A. City Prosecutor ‘Itching’ to File Criminal Sexual Harassment Case

L.A. City’s top prosecutor is anxiously waiting for a sexual harassment case to land on his desk so he can “make a point” … this according to sources inside his office. We’re told City Attorney Mike Feuer has his team ready to file what will…

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L.A. City Prosecutor ‘Itching’ to File Criminal Sexual Harassment Case

L.A. City’s top prosecutor is anxiously waiting for a sexual harassment case to land on his desk so he can “make a point” … this according to sources inside his office. We’re told City Attorney Mike Feuer has his team ready to file what will…

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Matt Damon Keeps Saying Stupid Stuff About Sexual Harassment

Where is Ron Burgundy when we need him?

Someone has to tell Matt Damon that he needs to take a timeout and not talk for awhile.

On the heels of a reputation-damaging into with ABC News, in which Damon largely brushed off the ongoing issue of sexual harassment in Hollywood, the actor spoke to Business Insider on Monday.

And he once again shoved his pompous foot deeply into his misguided mouth.

“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great,” Damon said of how predators and sexist miscreants such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Louis CK and Charlie Rose are being exposed on a near-daily basis.

Did the star just leave it at that, however?

Of course not. He felt the need to defend innocent men for some reason, saying on record:

“I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys – the preponderance of men I’ve worked with – who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.”

Ah, yes.

It’s the lives of whose who will NOT be affected that we really need to be discussing right now.

Forget the endless array of women whose personal and professional lives have been shattered by the actions of some really gross individuals.

What about the good guys, people?!?

Added Damon:

“If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don’t care, I’ll sign it. I would have signed it before. I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”

That’s fine. That’s great. No one has accused you of anything, dude.

Except now for being a pompous, insensitive know-it-all who keeps missing the entire point of the #MeToo movement.

In response to his latest comments, stars such as Debra Messing, Rose McGowan and Cher have taken to Twitter in order to tear Damon a new one.

“Matt Damon- SERIOUSLY? You are a smart man. A privileged, white man,” the Will & Grace actress wrote on Monday.

“This is NOT the time to ask for a pat on the back. How about we NOT celebrate men who are simply decent human beings. Stay on track, Matt.

“It’s not about you.”

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Said Cher:

“Matt Damon is the epitome of a faux ally whose performative wokeness is more about servicing his own ego than the needs of the oppressed & disenfranchised.”

And McGowan, who has asserted for years that she was a rape victim of Weinstein’s:

“Matt Damon is dense AF.”

Late last week, Damon got into trouble for remarks he made to Peter Travers.

“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon said in that interview, pointing out the obvious for no reason and adding:

“Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

No one has conflated these actions.

But women everywhere have tried to explain, as Alyssa Milano did so eloquently on Twitter in response to Damon, that the “micro” can lead to the “macro.”

There’s clearly a widespread disrespect of women going on in Hollywood and it’s one that needs to be addressed on every level.

“We are so energized to kind of get retribution,” Damon also said last week.

“We live in this culture of outrage and injury… and we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.'”

Are social media users sometimes too focused on outrage and on trolling anyone with whom they disagree? Sure.

Is that what’s happening amidst what Damon himself refers to as a “watershed moment” in entertainment? No. Not even a little bit.

We’ll let Milano explain what Damon continues to miss…

We are not outraged because someone grabbed our asses in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal.

We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. We are outraged because we were silenced for so long.

There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.

Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumor is being cut out right now with no anesthesia.

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Gene Simmons Denies Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Gene Simmons is known for his on-stage tongue antics (long before Miley was even born), for his band KISS’ absurd and recognizable makeup, and for some surprisingly conservative views for a guy who once seemed rebellious or radical.

And now he’s one of the latest powerful, famous men accused of sexual misconduct. He’s being sued by an anonymous woman.

He’s issued a statement and, to no one’s surprise, he’s denying the whole thing.

Gene Simmons is being sued by an anonymous woman who is a radio personality.

According to the lawsuit, details of which were published by the Orange County Register, Gene Simmons’s misconduct took place in a green room, while this woman was interviewing her.

The lawsuit alleges that Simmons reached over, grabbed the woman’s hand, and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee.”

The woman apparently withdrew her hand immediately, but alleges that Simmons continued his “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances,” reaching again for her hand.

Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable

According to the documents, Gene Simmons grabbed her hand again, made a creepy noise, commented about how she must use lotion, and made some sort of gross sexual innuendo.

He apparently also flicked his finger against her throat, which is one of the weirdest things that we’ve read about since reading about Harvey Weinstein ejaculating into a plant.

Oh, and at a photo op after this interview from hell, Simmons allegedly grabbed her butt.

Awful.

Gene Simmons is speaking out against these allegations and against the lawsuit, writing on Facebook:

“Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media.”

Again, it is not surprising that he’s denying everything.

“For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.”

He’s fighting the allegations in public but also gearing up to fight the actual lawsuit.

“I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations.”

And he believes that he’ll be ultimately vindicated.

“And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”

He may be right about the lawsuit’s outcome — sexual misconduct is often difficult or even impossible to prove in court.

Even while remaining anonymous, the woman suing him is taking a big financial risk.

Ultimately, we don’t know what, if any, effect this will have on Gene Simmons.

The more passionate a man’s fanbase, the less likely he is to face real consequences, even in the court of public opinion.

Just look at Johnny Depp — everyone knows what he did and has seen the evidence that his management knew what he’d done, but he still has a career and die-hard fans. Oh, and he’s starring in a Harry Potter movie and even JK Rowling is defending him.

Only time will tell if Gene Simmons’ remaining fans will abandon him.

Though, honestly, anyone who still likes the guy after he said that depressed people should just kill themselves is probably going to stick with him through anything.

We should point out that it’s always possible that other women could come forward.

It’s rare for a man to engage in this sort of behavior with one woman and not with others.

So let’s all keep our ears metaphorically to the ground for other women coming forward about disgusting interactions with Gene Simmons.

There are a lot of factors at play — some women are ashamed of not telling anyone, or blame themselves for the way that someone else treated them, or fear public reactions (especially from someone’s fans).

Only time (and the court) will tell how this pans out for Gene Simmons.

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Alyssa Milano Destroys Matt Damon Over Sexual Harassment Comments

When it comes to the debate on sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood, Alyssa Milano has just made it very clear:

She’s the boss.

The actress – who has been as responsible as anyone for promoting the #MeToo movement and who has been a vocal supporter of every woman who has recently spoken out – took to Twitter on Friday night and straight up owned Matt Damon.

The typically beloved star has been criticized mightily over the past 24 hours.

He spoke to Peter Travers of ABC News this week and made far too many attempts to parse the differences between various acts that have gotten men in trouble of late.

From Al Franken resigning from the Senate for grabbing the butts of women… to Louis CK admitting he masturbated in front of women… to Matt Lauer being fired for alleged rape and other heinous behavior, countless stars have gotten in major trouble for treating women with disrespect.

Asked about this watershed moment in the country, Damon initially told Travers:

“I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories – and it’s totally necessary.”

But then he kept going, sticking his foot deeper and deeper into his mouth.

“I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior,” he said, stating the obvious and missing the point of the #MeToo movement.

“There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?

“Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.”

Minnie Driver, who co-starred with Damon in Good Will Hunting, immediately shook her head over Damon’s comments.

“There are so many men I love who do NOT frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct assault and rape as an excuse or worse- our problem. Such bollocks,” Driver Tweeted.

But Milano went even further.

Focusing especially on Damon’s assertion that men are being punished these days because we live in a “culture of outrage,” the actress took the actor to school.

She also explained why rape and the occasional sexist comment may be different, but they contribute to the same thing.

“Dear Matt Damon, It’s the micro that makes the macro,” Milano wrote to open her response.

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Continued Milano:

“We are in a ‘culture of outrage’ because the magnitude of rage is, in fact, overtly outrageous. And it is righteous.

“I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak. They all hurt.

“And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted–even welcomed– misogyny.”

We really can’t say any of this better than Milano, so we’re just gonna let her keep going…

We are not outraged because someone grabbed our asses in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal.

We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. We are outraged because we were silenced for so long.

There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it’s still cancer.

Sexual harassment, misconduct, assault and violence is a systemic disease. The tumor is being cut out right now with no anesthesia. Please send flowers. #MeToo

BOOM, right?

Game, set, match, Alyssa Milano.

Most people seem to agree that Damon meant no harm with his comments and that he was just trying to be understanding.

The thing is, he was trying to be understanding of the men, not the women.

The best thing men can do in this climate right now is simply listen.

The worst thing they can do, even the well-intentioned ones? Pretend they know best, as Damon did here.

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