Michael Douglas hopes to save marriage and slams US justice system

michael_douglas_catherine_zeta_jones After receiving the award for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, Michael Douglas thanked his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones in his acceptance speech.

Michael and Catherine announced their separation in August, but he still hopes their marriage will not end in divorce. The actor told presenter Billy Bush: ”Catherine is great. She is doing wonderful, talked to her today and just got a lovely note from her. I’m very hopeful that we’re going to work things out. As I said we’re just taking a break, a couple of issues, sometimes you got to do that.”

After his speech, in which he also mentioned his son, Cameron Douglas, who is serving a sentence of nearly 10 years for non-violent drug offenses, Michael criticized US justice system.

michael_douglas_emmy_awards_E1Backstage, Douglas said: ”My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system. Obviously at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system.”

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