Michael Douglas recalls 'very dark' year

By admin
19 May 2016

Michael Douglas' heart was broken when he was diagnosed with cancer in the same year as his son was given a jail sentence.

The 71-year-old actor discovered he had stage four throat cancer in the summer of 2010, just months after his son Cameron, 30, was sentenced to five years in prison for heroin possession.

It made the year very difficult to cope with, Michael told Megyn Kelly in an interview on Tuesday.

"That was a one-two shot, that was a pretty dark moment," he said. "My oldest son Cameron has struggled with addiction for most of his life, he was a serious heroin addict, that brought him into federal prison.

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"It broke my heart, the combination. When he was sentenced, I knew the amount of time he was going to be spending in federal prison combined with my early cancer at the same time."

After serving three years in jail, Cameron's sentence was extended to 10 years when he was found to have drugs in his cell. He was also put in solitary confinement from 2012 to 2014.

Another tough time in Michael's life came when he and Catherine Zeta-Jones split briefly in 2012. But the pair have moved on from that situation, and Michael told Megyn that he loves his wife "more and more every day".

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Michael was one of the guests on Megyn's new show Megyn Kelly Presents. She also interviewed presidential hopeful Donald Trump as well as The Rocky Horror Show star Laverne Cox and O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro.

O.J.'s trial has been in the headlines again recently due to television series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

As she spoke to Robert, Megyn asked him what O.J. told him after he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

"You had told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right," Robert said O.J. told him.

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