It’s a rather sad and sordid tale. Back in 2009, Michael Douglas‘s son Cameron was arrested at a hotel in Manhattan for possessing heroin and dealing crystal meth. After posting bail, he almost immediately violated the terms of house arrest and was sent to jail to await sentencing. The charges carried a mandatory 10 years in prison but his lawyers argued for a shorter term.
On the eve of his son’s sentencing, Michael asked the judge to show leniency, saying the family’s fame and history of substance abuse contributed to his descent into addiction and crime. He was sentenced to five years.
He then, sadly, had drugs smuggled into prison when he couldn’t quit cold turkey, and received an additional time. After he failed a drug test behind bars in 2013, Cameron’s sentence was AGAIN extended by four and and half years, two of which were spent in solitary confinement.
“Cameron has been a chronic substance abuser,” Michael told New York magazine in 2013. “He was kicked out of school for dealing pot when he was 13, and that’s when I became aware of his problems.” Cameron ultimately became addicted to heroin, sold crystal meth and got caught in a Drug Enforcement Administration sting.
At one point, Cameron’s family was barred against seeing him for two years, which Michael Douglas referenced in his 2013 Emmy acceptance speech for Behind the Candelabra.
“I’m hoping they’ll allow me to see him soon,” said Douglas from the stage.
“Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system,” he said. “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.”
Things went from bad to worse for Cameron in prison.
In 2012, he suffered a broken femur (that’s your THIGHBONE) (!!!!) (an INCREDIBLY difficult bone to break) (and one of the most painful breaks a person can suffer). This happened after a crime-family captain put a $100 bounty on him for being a “rat.”
From a 2012 New York Post article:
“He broke his femur, which is hard to snap, and had to have a rod inserted,” says the source. “He told health services staff that he hurt them playing handball. You don’t break a femur playing handball.”
Douglas, who is doing a nearly 10-year stretch for dealing crystal meth and smuggling in drugs for himself while in the pokey, was inadvertently exposed as a turncoat by his shrink during a bail hearing in 2010.
Dr. Robert Millman let slip that Douglas agreed to testify against his suppliers, Mexican immigrant brothers David and Eduardo Escalera.
The prison tipster says a doctor’s aide misdiagnosed the broken leg and a blood clot developed.
“She thought it was a sprain, so he wants to sue this woman. He’s still walking around on crutches two months later.”
Father Michael Douglas was furious over the allegedly botched medical treatment for his son, said the source.
No one has been punished for Douglas’ injuries, but most prisoners assume they resulted from the alleged bounty, the source says.
The gangster allegedly involved “is the self-proclaimed ‘King of the Italians.’ They won’t tolerate rats, and Cameron testified against the people who gave him the drugs.”
The insider says that the pampered, baby-faced Douglas has “gone gangster” in the joint, reshaping himself by pumping iron and getting prison tattoos.
But, he’s out now. Though his initial release was supposed to be in 2018, he is now living in a halfway house in Brooklyn.
Here’s hoping he can start anew and lead a productive life, post-prison.
UPDATE: Check out his post-prison body. Lookin’ good, Cam!