Susan Braudy claims Michael Douglas masturbated in front of her almost three decades ago. "He thought he was the king of the world and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions", she said in an interview that aired Friday.
Braudy said that she kept records of her tenure working for Douglas, including detailed notes of alleged inappropriate incidents, paperwork verifying her employment as well as a letter from the California Women's Law Center responding to an inquiry she made in 1993 regarding how to handle workplace harassment.
She claimed she was in a meeting room with Douglas when he "slid down the floor, unbuckled his belt and put his hand inside his trousers".
"And then, Four, she claims that I masturbated in front of her..." Braudy said she confided in friends, who have since confirmed this, but was warned to stay quiet. "One of my friends said you better not tell people about him", she says in the clip.
Braudy said she never reported the incident to the police because she didn't know that his harassment could be considered criminal. "You helped me, thank you, thank you.'" Head here for photos of Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Earlier this month Douglas heard that THR was working on this story, and in an article at Deadline.com on January 9th he went public about the allegations against him, more than a week before THR actually published both the allegations and the name of Douglas' accuser.
"That was completely untrue", he said about Braudy's claims that he masturbated in front of her before firing her in retaliation. "This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever". "So I thought it stunk".
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Sunday, Zeta-Jones voiced her support for her husband, especially his decision to speak out ahead of Braudy sharing her story first.
According to NBC News, Braudy described the meeting as "very uncomfortable", adding that she "knew things weren't supposed to be this way".
"As producers, we provide key leadership in creating and sustaining work environments built on mutual respect, so it is our obligation to change our culture and eradicate this abuse", the PGA said in guidelines that went out to its 8,200 members. "I think it's very clear the way that he stands".
In response to the allegations, Douglas, via his lawyer, had an off-the-record phone conversation with the publication's deputy editorial director Alison Brower, editorial director Matthew Belloni (who wrote the piece containing the allegations), and his own team.
Following the masturbation incident, Braudy was asked by Douglas to sign a confidentiality agreement, something she took as a sign that he was preparing to release her from her job. I never blackballed her.
The accusation come amidst the rise of the MeToo and Times Up movements, which have seen thousands of women come forward and share their stories of assault, harassment and bullying at the hands of powerful men.