At the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, Michael Douglas used his acceptance speech to get a few things off of his chest. The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner not only made a few suggestive jokes when toasting to his “Behind the Candelabra” co-star Matt Damon (he offered to share his Emmy with his co-star on the Liberace biopic, joking “Do you want the bottom or the top?”), but he referenced his estranged wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and said this of his 35-year old son, Cameron:
"I'm hoping I'll be able to -- [they'll] allow me to see him soon.”
According to Extra, backstage after the Emmys the actor elaborated on what he meant by seeing his son soon.
“Cameron is a drug addict and was dealing drugs,” Douglas told Extra host Jerry Penacoli. “He's been in prison for about four and a half years. Unfortunately, there are more drugs in prison. He had a slip and as a result of the slip, the judge gave him the longest sentence in the history of the American penal system -- four and a half more years.”
The actor added: “He's been in solitary for almost two years, and as a parent, I've been told that I cannot visit him for two years. Granted they've got to do their time, but why would you not want them to see their family? So I've gone from a point of being disappointed with him to being quite angry with our prison systems.”
Us Weekly reported that Douglas also said: “ 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.”