Cameron Douglas with famous dad Michael Douglas. (Image credit: telegraph.co.uk)
It mustn’t be easy being in show business even if you aren’t directly in the limelight. There are countless stories of celebrities who succumb to the stress and pressure of being a star. One such person is Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, whose son Cameron Douglas has just been released from prison after seven years behind bars, as reported on DailyMail.co.uk.
The older Douglas said on eOnline.com, “I've also confessed the fact that I was in rehab 20 years ago. So we had that issue, and as far as his mother was concerned, she was a very young mother when she had Cameron, and her skills were limited to such an extent. The other part, of course, is genes. I lost a brother with an overdose four years ago. I have another brother who has been on the program for years.”
Young Cameron Douglas with famous actors, granddad Kirk and dad Michael Douglas. (Image Credit : dailymail.com)
Cameron Douglas, 37, whose mother is Michael Douglas’ ex-wife Diandra of 23 years, was arrested in 2009 after police found him in a New York City hotel, in possession of heroin and with a staggering amount of methamphetamine, one pound to be exact, as reported on HuffingtonPost.com. A first sentence of five years in 2010 was extended with another four-and-a-half years in 2011 after he was found to possess prescription pill Xanax while in prison.
Cameron Douglas in a 2007 booking photo for cocaine possession. (Image Credit : dailymail.com)
His defence lawyer-turned-girlfriend, Jennifer Ridha, was found guilty of supplying Cameron Douglas with drugs while he was in jail. After being busted, and though she lost her job, she was not charged and arrested for her misdemeanour. It has been reported on Page Six that Cameron is planning to pen a memoir about his prison experience and drug addiction.
Then-girlfriend Jennifer Ridha, Cameron's defence lawyer. (Image Credit : dailymail.com)
“Cameron will talk about his struggle being the son and grandson of Hollywood icons, and then his bad decisions which led him to jail, and then solitary confinement. He is staying low-key after his release and plans to spend time with his father and mother. He believes this is a new start, and a chance at a new life,” a source stated on DailyMail.co.uk.
Cameron Douglas out and about in Lower Manhattan after his release. (Image Credit : pagesix.com)
Time will tell how Cameron Douglas fares with his second chance in life, as he has been given greater freedom being placed in a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York following his early release, according toTelegraph.co.uk.