Wall Street star Michael Douglas spoke with the Today Show about his 31-year-old son Cameron’s 5-year prison sentence for dealing and possession of drugs. The actor is putting a positive spin on the experience, reports PEOPLE, saying,
My son has not been sober for this length of time since he was 13 years old. So he was going to be dead or somebody was gonna kill him, and I think he has a chance to start a new life and he knows that. And from my understanding, it’s going to take that amount of time for him to rebuild and start himself afresh.”
Douglas has two other children with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dylan, 9, and Carys, 6. Though he has openly taken responsibility in the past his role in Cameron’s demise, Douglas also defends his parenting, “I’ve taken blame about being a bad father – if being a bad father is working your butt off trying to create a career at one time. When I had Cameron I was early in my career and as opposed to most jobs, making movies takes you all around the world, so you were absentee in that sense.”
On top of 5-years in prison, Cameron Douglas received $25,000 in fines, must serve 450 hours of community service and he is also required to spend 5 years in a supervised release program upon release from prison.