Michael Douglas Calls Son's Jail Sentence 'Adequate'
By PopEater Staff Posted May 3rd 2010 08:23AM
"My son was a drug dealer and he's been trying to kill himself for a while," he said. "I can't condone his behavior and I think the court recognized his drug addiction as well as the crime that he committed," he said. "It's an adequate, I think, amount of time for anybody to spend in jail."
The 'Wall Street' icon told Matt Lauer that he has "taken blames about being a bad father" to Cameron, but pledges that he has taken a different approach with his children with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dylan, 9, and Carys, 7.
"When I had Cameron, I was early in my career and as opposed to most jobs, making movies takes you all around the world, so you were absentee in that sense," Douglas said. "My priorities have completely changed. My marriage and my families come certainly before my career."
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Douglas is trying to see the positive side of his son being in jail for so long. "The best part is that he'll be able to start his life fresh," he said.
Lauer pressed Douglas about the letters he and other family members wrote to the judge in the case, asking if doing so made it appear they were using their celebrity status to lessen Cameron's sentence.
"I think any person can understand writing letters for leniency," said Douglas. "Everybody does it."
He did slam the media, however, for sensationalizing what he calls a "minor drug conviction."
Douglas believed all the letters were meant to be sealed and private, but after "heavy pressure from new organizations," they were released.
All the letters were "from the heart," he told Lauer. "And despite the disease and all the mistakes Cameron has made, he's still great young man."
In his letter to the court, Michael Douglas painted his son's problems with substance abuse as the product, in part, of a privileged but difficult childhood and the long shadow cast by a family of screen icons. "I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father," wrote Douglas.
The young Douglas has acted in a handful of movies, including 2003's 'It Runs in the Family,' starring his father and grandfather, but his Hollywood career has sputtered since then. According to his IMDB page, Douglas' next project was supposed to be 'The Beautiful Outsiders,' a film in pre-production, which is set to star Corey Feldman and Shannen Doherty.
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