Catherine Zeta-Jones and her children were "profoundly devastated" when her husband Michael Douglas was accused of sexual harassment.
In January (18), Susan Braudy, a former employee of Douglas' accused the Wall Street actor of having inappropriate, sexually-charged conversations with her and masturbating in front of her in 1989. Before the piece was published, the 74-year-old issued a preemptive denial, calling the accusations "a complete lie".
In a new interview with The Sunday Times magazine, his wife Catherine opened up about how she and their children Dylan, 18, and Carys, 15, reacted to the claims.
"My children and I were profoundly devastated by these allegations," she said. "I was torn about where my absolute morals lie. This woman came out of nowhere and accused my husband. I had a very big conversation with him, with the kids in the room, and said, 'Do you understand if more comes out ...'"
The Welsh star admitted she was put in a "really hard position" as she wanted to support her husband but was also a firm believer in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. She added, "In the height of it all, it was nasty."
She recalled that Michael, whom she married in 2000, reassured his family that the allegations were false and time will tell "there is no story".
"And, of course, it did. There was nothing to back it up at all," she continued. "For any accusation that comes out that isn't backed up, that knocks the movement back 20 years."
In the interview, she also discussed the accusations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose company produced her movie musical Chicago.
"I'd be the first to say if something went on, but I only really knew Harvey Weinstein when I was married to Michael Douglas," she said. "It made me less vulnerable, I should say, not untouchable, because a predator is a predator, right?
"I've felt bad because you sensed things were going on but thought, 'Well, it's not happening to me.' And that's something you carry with you as a woman. I'm a woman's woman and really feel that we should be protecting each other."