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Catherine Zeta-Jones Stands By Michael Douglas Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

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Despite claims of sexual harassment, Catherine Zeta-Jones is standing by her husband.

Zeta-Jones says her husband, Michael Douglas is a strong supporter of the #MeToo campaign, despite facing allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Douglas, who has been married to Zeta-Jones for 17 years and share two children, made a preemptive decision earlier this year to dispel rumors of sexually harassing a former employee 32 years ago.

In an interview with Deadline, Douglas denied claims he had masturbated in front of the unnamed accuser or that he "spoke raunchily, or dirtily" in her presence while on the phone with friends.

"I will fess up to colorful language, but the issue of masturbating in front of her? … This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever," Douglas said.

The award winning actor also went on to address why he decided to speak out against the claims before his accuser decided to go public.

"I had the choice of waiting for a story to come out, one that will clearly get picked up by other newspapers and magazines, and then I have to sit there and try to defend myself. Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns," Douglas added.

Now it's Zeta-Jones turn to voice her own opinions.

While promoting her upcoming movie, Cocaine Godmother, Zeta-Jones supported her husband's preemptive statement on the alleged incidents.

"There was no other way than to be preemptive in a story that had to be watched. He did a statement. I think it’s very clear the way that he stands. I cannot elaborate on something that’s so very personal to him," Zeta-Jones said.

She also discussed the couple's staunch support to the #MeToo campaign.

"My reaction was that as two people who have been in this business - him longer than me - was that we support 'Me Too' and the movement more than anybody, anybody - me as a woman, him as a man," she said.

Zeta-Jones concluded by speaking on the importance of women becoming united in this movement.

"We’re seeing changes that have taken many years to even be talked about. It’s an amazing time for women, and I really want women to remember how strong we are in numbers," Zeta-Jones added. "This is going to die down. This is not going to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind forever and ever, and we’re going to have to be kind to each other. We can’t ask everyone else to be kind to us unless we’re kind to each other."

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