He snagged the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards last night, and Michael Douglas clearly had his son Cameron Douglas on his mind.
During his acceptance speech, the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star gave a shout out to my oldest son Cameron- Im hoping Ill be able to[theyll] allow me to see him soon.
After the onstage moment, Michael further explained his remarks during a backstage interview- “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 2 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 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. 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.”