Michael Douglas's son sentenced to 5 years

Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:16pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The son of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for possessing heroin and dealing large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine out of a New York hotel room.

Cameron Douglas, 31, pleaded guilty to the charges in January, following his arrest last year at the trendy Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan.

In court, Douglas apologized to his family for "this nightmare of my own making" and admitted to a long heroin addiction.

"I believe, your Honor, that things will be difficult this time," Douglas told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman.

His father, Michael Douglas, wrote a letter to the judge asking for leniency. He said Cameron had battled with drugs since age 13.

"I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father," said Douglas, whose own father is actor Kirk Douglas. "I'm not sure I can comprehend it with two generations to deal with."

In a separate letter, Michael Douglas' wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, also wrote words of support.

"Never, in my experience over the years, has Cameron shown any signs of the disease, that has tormented him, toward his siblings, or has (he) ever been abusive to us as a family at any time," she wrote. "My stepson is a caring, considerate, worthy human being."

Michael Douglas attended Tuesday's hearing, although Zeta-Jones did not.   Continued...

<p>Michael Douglas and his ex-wife Diandra Douglas leave a Manhattan federal court after the sentencing of their son Cameron Douglas in New York April 20, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>