When Michael Douglas got accused of sexual misconduct, Catherine Zeta-Jones felt the accusations against her husband of almost two decades to be particularly “nasty.”
Over the weekend Catherine admitted during an interview that she got put in an awkward position and she said:
“My children and I were profoundly devastated by those allegations. And I was torn about where my absolute morals lie.”
The 49-year-old actress continued:
“This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband. I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, ‘Do you understand if more comes out …’”
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In January, 74-year-old Michael got contacted by a reporter from The Hollywood Reporter who told him that a previous female employee made allegations of sexual misconduct against him, which they published. Michael responded to the allegations and told The Hollywood Reporter at the time:
"I'd confess to anything I thought I was responsible for. And it was most certainly not masturbating in front of this woman. This reeks. I would have respected if she had reached out to me any time over these years, to share her pain or concerns, and I would have been the first one to respond. But this, going directly to the newspapers or whatever you want to call them, it just reeks of something else."
Catherine and Michael are both in full support of the #MeToo movement, which made the allegations harder to deal with as Catherine said:
“It was a really hard position for me and, in the height of it all, it was nasty.”
And as Michael told Catherine the truth would come out, it did as she continued:
“There was nothing to back it up at all. For any accusation that comes out that isn’t backed up, that knocks the movement back 20 years.”
After a marriage of almost 20 years, this Hollywood power couple had their fair share of up’s and down’s, but Michael for one knew that after they first met, that they would be spending their lives together.
The couple met in 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival while Michael promoted ‘A Perfect Murder’ and Catherine ‘The Mask of Zorro,’ and Catherine added:
"I had been told Michael Douglas wanted to meet me. I was a little nervous because I didn't quite know what he wanted to meet me about."
Then-couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith introduced the two at a private dinner later that evening. Catherine joined Michael for a nightcap after making the rounds as part of her press obligations.
Michael didn’t waste any time as he told Catherine after about an hour that he was going to be the father of her children. The comment was not received too well as replied:
“You know, I've heard a lot about you, and I've seen a lot about you, and I think it's time I say goodnight.”
Catherine was not to unimpressed by Michael’s charms as the couple got engaged on New Year’s Eve at his home in Aspen in 1999. He gave his bride to be an antique Fred Leighton 10 carat diamond ring estimated to be worth $1 million.
The couple had what many outlets would refer to as ‘the wedding of the year’ when they exchanged vows on November 18, 2000, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Now 18 years and two children later they are still going strong. The couple shares many things, but they also share a birthday on September 25, and this year Catherine posted a romantic tribute to Michael on Instagram.
The video showed pictures of the couple’s years together while Marilyn Monroe is heard singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the background with the caption:
"Happy Birthday to my very own President! My husband, Michael. I guess that makes me First Lady! Stranger things have happened! Go figure. Oops, it’s my birthday today too."