Michael Douglas: Jail will help son make 'fresh start'

Tuesday May 4, 2010

Film star Michael Douglas has spoken for the first time since his son Cameron was sentenced to five years in prison for drug-dealing.

The Wall Street actor told NBC's Today programme that he hoped 31-year-old Cameron's time in prison would help him make a "fresh start".

Speaking frankly, he also took the blame for at times being a "bad father" to Cameron, who had been abusing drugs since he was 13 years old.

Cameron, whose mother is Michael's ex-wife Diandra Douglas, was given the jail term last month for dealing methamphetmine and possessing heroin.

"My son was a drug dealer, and he tried to kill himself for a while, and I can't condone his behaviour," said 65-year-old Michael.

"(But) with all the mistakes and the disease that Cameron has, he is a great young man and I wouldn't be supporting him if I didn't feel that way."

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