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Michael Douglas may be an Oscar-winning actor and producer, but he's also just a father trying to be there for his troubled son.
The Wall Street star, 68, showed up in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday to support his son Cameron Douglas, who was seeking to trim time off his four-and-a-half-year sentence for smuggling drugs in prison. Those years were in addition to a five-year sentence the younger Douglas was already serving.
"There's not much to say — it's on appeal," Michael Douglas told the New York Daily News as he left the courthouse.
And when asked if he was hoping for the best, the star replied, "Clearly."
"I'm not suggesting Cameron Douglas shouldn't be punished for this," defense attorney Paul Shechtman told the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 19. In court documents he called his client's 54-month sentence "shockingly long " and "maybe the harshest sentence ever imposed on a federal prisoner for a drug possession offense."
But the Manhattan judge clearly thought differently. "Cameron Douglas' conduct throughout the course of this case ... showed nothing but an utter disrespect for the law," he said.
Cameron was arrested in 2009 for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and and cocaine over a three-year period. At the time he pleaded guilty, became a government informant and was then sentenced to a relatively lenient five years in prison back in 2010.
But in 2011 he was caught with drugs in his prison cell, including heroin. A judge then tacked on another 4-and-a-half years to the sentence.