Actor Michael Douglas used his Emmy Awards acceptance speech as a public plea to prison authorities to let him see his incarcerated son Cameron, because he has been told he won’t be allowed to visit for two years.
The actor took to the stage at the glitzy bash in Los Angeles on Sunday night to pick up the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra.
In his acceptance speech, Douglas mentioned his son, who is currently serving time behind bars on drug offences, saying, “I’m hoping that I’ll be able and they’ll allow me to see him soon.”
Douglas has now explained the remark, revealing his son is in solitary confinement and the actor claims prison authorities have told him he won’t be able to visit for two years.
Speaking in the press room at the ceremony, Douglas told reporters, “Well, my son is in federal prison… And part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip – this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent… 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… 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.”