Posted: 2:07 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Michael Douglas concluded his Emmys speech for his Behind The Candelabra win on a serious note when he got teary-eyed mentioning his son Cameron, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug related charges.
While accepting an award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, a clearly distraught Douglas said of his eldest son, “I’m hoping I’ll be able to — [they'll] allow me to see him soon.” This statement, of course, left viewers wondering exactly what the actor meant. And lucky for us, the A-Lister explained everything during an interview backstage.
Douglas explained, “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. 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 two years in solitary confinement and right now I’m being told that I cannot see him for two years.”
The 68-year-old actor continued, “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,” he added. “My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world’s population and we have 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.”