Michael Douglas Bemoans Plight of Convict Son in Emmys Speech

Sep 23, 2013 11:18am
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Michael Douglas made sure to shine light on his son Cameron’s incarceration Sunday night at the Emmys by broaching the subject during his acceptance speech for his portrayal of Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra.”

“My oldest son, Cameron, I’m hoping I’ll be able and they’ll allow me to see him soon,” the 68-year-old actor said on stage.

Cameron Douglas, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for possession of heroin and dealing methamphetamine. Four more years were later tacked onto his sentence after officials said he was caught with drugs in prison.

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Michael Douglas explained to the media backstage at the Emmys that his son is in solitary confinement in Pennsylvania, and the actor is not allowed to visit.

“I’m questioning the system,” he added. ”Obviously, at first I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I’ve reached a point now where I’m very, very disappointed with the system.”

Douglas also said his son, a nonviolent drug addict for most of his life, has spent almost two years in solitary and that the actor was told he might not see him for another two years.

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Douglas is also dealing with the uncertain future of his marriage to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Despite their separation, announced in late August, Douglas made sure Sunday night to thank his wife of 13 years for his win.

“I want to thank my wife, Catherine, for her support,” he said.

Douglas addressed the situation earlier in the month with reporters in Berlin while promoting his now Emmy-winning film.

“We are fine. My wife and I are fine,” he said of the “temporary separation.”

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