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Michael Douglas Calls His Son's Drug Trafficking Trial 'A Painful Lesson'

Mon, March 1, 2010 12:26pm EDT by 1 Comment
Getty Images, Vanity Fair

Getty Images, Vanity Fair

Michael Douglas opens up to  Vanity Fair magazine about his son, Cameron, 31, who was only last week denied bail during his trial for drug-trafficking charges. The actor faces a 10 year prison sentence if found guilty.

“Anybody who has a relative or child in substance abuse has some idea of what this feels like,” Douglas tells the mag. “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.”

Cameron, whose mother is Michael’s first wife, Diandra Douglas,  was arrested July 28, 2009. He was charged with dealing crystal meth and was released on bail — until his girlfriend tried to give him heroine and he was sent to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in L.A.

And sadly, Michael is blaming himself. “My priorities were very similar [to my father’s],” he said of his son’s early years. “Career first.” Now, Michael is of course married to Catherine Zeta-Jones and has two children with her — Dylan, 9, and Carys,6 — and he’s not going to repeat the same mistakes.

Catherine even says, “I’m sure if he could breast-feed, he would have!” Do you think Michael will be a better parent this time around?