Cameron Douglas, the troubled 31-year-old son of Michael Douglas, is set to face a federal judge and possibly 10 or more years in prison.
Over two dozen appeals from Cameron’s friends and family have been written in his support, People reports. One of the letters is from his famous stepmother Catherine Zeta-Jones. The 40-year-old Academy Award-winning actress asked the judge to consider Cameron’s “positive attributes” while considering the drug charges against him.
As a mother to Cameron’s half brother and sister, Dylan and Carys, I have seen Cameron be an exceptional brother to both. Never, in my experience over the years, has Cameron shown any signs of the disease, that has tormented him, toward his siblings, or has [he] ever been abusive to us as a family at any time.
My stepson is a caring, considerate, worthy human being, but never the less, the disease, that for years he has tried to combat, did take over again. What is wrong, is wrong, but may all these positive attributes prevail, so that a facility that he is positioned in, will help rehabilitate him.”
A letter from Cameron’s 65-year-old father Michael was not included in the court record, but one from his grandfather, legendary screen star Kirk Douglas, was made public along with one from Cameron’s mother, Diandra DeMorrell Douglas.
Kirk Douglas, 93, wrote that he had traveled from Los Angeles to New York City to see his grandson, who has been held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center since August.
I was gratified to see how well he was taking his incarceration,” Kirk wrote. “He had no one to blame but himself. He didn’t express any self-pity, nor did he ask for any. The only sorrow he expressed was for the trouble he had caused others. I was shocked when he got in such a mess. I am convinced that Cameron could be a fine actor and a person that cares for others. I hope I can see that happen before I die. I love Cameron.”
Diandra De Morrell Douglas wrote an emotional plea to the judge.
As Cameron Douglas’ mother, I can tell you that this is the most painful letter I’ve ever had to write. I am writing to you to plead for leniency in your sentencing of my son, the only blood relative I have left in this world.”
While parts of her letter are blacked out, Diandra suggests that her son got involved in drugs in high school and struggled to step out of the shadow of his famous father and grandfather. She adds that his life began to spiral out of control after his career as a deejay, while initially successful, failed to take off.
Cameron’s lawyer, Nicholas De Feis, says, “Cameron is nearly eight months sober, the longest period of sobriety he has experienced in his adult life. There is no question that if allowed to continue treatment, full rehabilitation is within Cameron’s reach.”
On April 14, Douglas is set to be sentenced. Though the charges against him carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, the judge has discretion and can rule a lesser sentence. His lawyer has asked the judge to consider sentencing Douglas to time-served and to a drug treatment program followed by lengthy supervised release. Or, if the judge deems it necessary, a reduced sentence of 42 months that would include drug treatment.
Michael Douglas recently owned up to his role in his sons ill-fate up to this point:
Anybody who has a relative or child in substance abuse has some idea of what this feels like. This is one of those worst-case scenarios. It will ultimately be a painful lesson and very expensive as far as time is concerned. I don’t wish it on anybody, but then, you know, look, everybody’s got difficult things in life.” He adds, “My priorities were very similar [to my father’s], Career first.”