Michael Douglas explains comment about his son in Emmy acceptance speech
Michael Douglas took the opportunity to use his Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night to lobby for his son's well-being, using the dais to imply Cameron Douglas is being treated unfairly in prison. Oh, and he won best actor in a miniseries for Behind the Candelabra, too.
"I'm hoping I'll be able to -- (they'll) allow me to see him soon," the 68-year-old said of his son with ex-wife Diandra Luker, who is in federal prison on drug charges. He explained what he meant backstage after the speech.
"Well, my son is in federal prison based upon -– he's been a drug addict for a large part of his life and was arrested and selling drugs and is in federal prison," he said, according to Us Weekly. "And part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip -– this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent -- as about a half a million of our drug addicted prisoners are, they punish you. So for my son's case, he's spent almost 2 years in solitary confinement and right now I'm being told that I cannot see him for two years."
He went on to say that besides his personal problems with the system, the nation's prisons are way overdue for some reform.
"It's over a year now and I'm questioning the system. Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm very very disappointed with the system and, as you can see, from what (U.S.) Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing -- and other issues regarding our prison system -- I think things are going to be revived regarding nonviolent drug addicts/criminals," Douglas said.
Wow, did he actually say the slash in that last sentence? Because that's a very literal interpretation.