Catherine Zeta-Jones Says Michael Douglas Sexual Harassment Claims Were "B.C.: Before Catherine"

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Speaking with the hosts of 'The View' on Friday, the Oscar-winning actress addressed the claims made against her husband of 17 years.

Catherine Zeta-Jones was a guest Friday morning on The View, where she addressed allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband, Michael Douglas, made by journalist and author Susan Braudy. The alleged incidents occurred in the late 1980s when Braudy was hired to run the New York office of Stonebridge Productions, the production company launched by Douglas. Braudy claims Douglas masturbated in front of her and made numerous lewd sexual comments in her presence.

Zeta-Jones, who has been married to Douglas since 2000, was asked if she supported her husband's decision to pre-emptively address allegations against him before they were published. "He had to come out pre-emptively because of what he believes in," said Zeta-Jones.

She clarified that she supports "this movement, Time’s Up and #MeToo, 110 percent" because "we all know it's been going on for years."

Speaking more specifically on the subject of her husband, Zeta-Jones said, "Michael came out with that pre-emptive statement. He was articulate, said it from the heart, was honest, open and transparent. He now has to take the next step for where he goes from here. It happened 30 years ago, it was B.C.: before Catherine." The last comment elicited a response from the studio audience and laughs from the panel of hosts.

Zeta-Jones went on to express hope for a brighter future for her daughter. "I have a daughter," the Oscar winner said. "As we battle through now, I hope this is something she won’t even have to think of."

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