Michael Douglas' recovering drug addict son Cameron reveals his father made him hand out JOINTS to celebrity party guests when he was a child before he became hooked on heroin and went to jail for eight years

  • In his new book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas admits he may have been born into Hollywood royalty, but his life has been anything but a fairy-tale
  • The son of Michael Douglas, 75, and the grandson of silver-screen legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron reveals he struggled growing up in their shadows
  • For years, Cameron suffered with cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth and led a life of self-destruction that, in 2009, landed him eight years in jail
  • Though he makes clear in the book he blames only himself for the squandering of his privilege, Cameron was exposed to the partying scene from an early age
  • ‘Even as a really young kid, I remember running joints back and forth,’ Cameron said of his dad’s parties, which featured a bevy of stars including Jack Nicholson 
  • During a lunch with Cameron’s mother, Diandra, at the Ivy in Beverly Hills, Michael pointed at a busboy and hired him to work as a nanny for Cameron
  • He wanted the worker to provide a 'more constant male influence' on his son  

The recovering drug addict son of Michael Douglas has revealed how his father made him hand out joints to celebrity party guests when he was a child before he became hooked on heroin and went to jail for eight years.

In his upcoming book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas admits he may have been born into Hollywood royalty but his life has been anything but a fairy-tale.

The memoir reveals how Hollywood legend Michael Douglas had been so preoccupied with partying during his time atop the upper echelons of tinsel town that he hired a busboy to act as a ‘more constant male influence’ for his young son so he could avoid the responsibility.  

The son of Michael Douglas, 75, and the grandson of silver-screen legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron candidly speaks of the difficulties he grappled with growing up in the long shadow cast by his paternal lineage.

In later years, Cameron suffered with cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth and led a life of self-destruction that, in 2009, went on to land him eight years in jail. 

‘It’s strange growing up seeing your father and grandfather as giants projected on screens and billboards . . . It’s diminishing to be perceived mainly as someone else’s son,’ Cameron writes in that book. ‘How do you compete with Kirk Douglas? How do you live in Michael Douglas’ shadow?’

The topic of unconventional family dynamics permeates much of the memoir - which is released on Tuesday - and is a theme which has significant hold over Cameron's life even now.

In his new book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas (left) admits he may have been born into Hollywood royalty, but his life has been anything but a fairy-tale. The son of Michael Douglas (right), 75, and the grandson of silver-screen legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron reveals the difficulties he grappled with growing up in the long shadow cast by his paternal lineage

In his new book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas (left) admits he may have been born into Hollywood royalty, but his life has been anything but a fairy-tale. The son of Michael Douglas (right), 75, and the grandson of silver-screen legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron reveals the difficulties he grappled with growing up in the long shadow cast by his paternal lineage

‘Even as a really young kid, I remember running joints back and forth,’ Cameron said of his dad’s parties, which regularly featured a bevy of stars including the likes of Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito.

‘Dad would say, “Hey, bring this over to your uncle,” and I would, not realizing until years later what it had been. As I got older, I would creep from house to house on the compound, climbing balconies and seeing more than I was supposed to: beautiful grown-ups doing the things that beautiful grown-ups living lives of excess do.’

Cameron would then wait for dawn to descend and for his dad’s famous friends to retire to their rooms before rifling through their bags, minesweeping any substances they’d left behind.

It was after such parties that Cameron remember his dad would always take him for early morning breakfasts at a hotel in Sunset Boulevard.

But it was only years later the true reason behind the father-son moments – which were otherwise fleeting – became clear: Cameron realized his father was coming down from drugs after a long night of partying.

Though he makes clear in the book he blames only himself for the squandering of his privileged beginnings, Cameron was exposed to the partying scene from an early age

Though he makes clear in the book he blames only himself for the squandering of his privileged beginnings, Cameron was exposed to the partying scene from an early age

‘Our relationship was a series of jump cuts, vivid bursts when we were together punctuating longer stretches when we were apart,’ Cameron writes, conceding that his father’s career, as well as partying ways, added strain to their bond.

As Michael's career demanded he spend more and more time away from home, one summer he came to the conclusion that his young son needed a ‘more constant male influence’ in his life.

During a lunch with Cameron’s mother, Diandra, at the Ivy in Beverly Hills, Michael identified a busboy hovering near their table as the ideal candidate.

‘Dad said, “What about this guy? He seems very capable. He could be a houseman or something like that.” Mom spoke to him in Spanish . . . he was from El Salvador,’ Cameron writes. ‘Soon [he] was living with us. He took care of me from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep.’

But Cameron says he was left heartbroken at aged 10 when the busboy-come-makeshift father figure was fired after Diandra found vodka bottles under his bed and asked him to stop drinking, but he refused.

A few years later, Cameron had to contend with the difficult news his father had checked into rehab for sex addiction after Diandra caught him in bed with another woman.

Cameron says his mother gave Michael an ultimatum that he had to ‘deal with his drug and alcohol intake’ or she would leave him. Two weeks later he checked into the Sierra Tuscon clinic in Arizona.

But his infidelity continued, and Diandra reached breaking point in 1995, when a private investigator caught him entering the Beverly Wilshire hotel with another woman. 

‘It’s sad to think back on, but when they told me they were getting divorced, it didn’t knock my socks off. Actually, I welcomed it,’ Cameron remembered.

But his parent’s broken marriage did little to solidify more of a union with his father. In fact, Cameron recalls one interaction with Michael where he explicitly told him it was impossible to develop a relationship with him.

‘I think you’re going to overdose, or someone’s going to kill you, or you’re going to kill someone. I’m trying to prepare myself emotionally,’ Michael reportedly said to him.

Though now the 40-year-old has set his sights on an acting career, in his younger years he chose to follow his father’s footsteps down a different and much darker path – one that led to a lifestyle of deviance fueled by drug use

Though now the 40-year-old has set his sights on an acting career, in his younger years he chose to follow his father’s footsteps down a different and much darker path – one that led to a lifestyle of deviance fueled by drug use

Though now the 40-year-old has set his sights on an acting career, in his younger years he chose to follow his father’s footsteps down a different and much darker path – one leading to lifestyle of deviance fueled by drug use.

For years, Cameron suffered with cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth and led a life of self-destruction that, in 2009, went on to land him eight years in jail.

For years, Cameron suffered with cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth and led a life of self-destruction that, in 2009, went on to land him eight years in jail.

For years, Cameron suffered with cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth and led a life of self-destruction that, in 2009, went on to land him eight years in jail.

Though the conviction would act as a catalyst in turning his life around, in the decades before Cameron had a number or run-ins with the law and enjoyed a series near misses for which he was never arrested.

The Hollywood scion recounted one instance at an LA motel where he held up an elderly cashier with an air gun, demanding she open the cash register.

Though she quickly obliged, all that was inside was a single $20 bill. But still, Cameron snatched the measly amount and ran - confessing the act it was more for the adrenaline than it was about money.

‘I like confusing people, making them puzzle over how someone who came from so much privilege can do such crazy sh**,’ Cameron admits.

His penchant for chaos would see him arrested in New York City in 1999 for cocaine possession, and again six-years-later when police in LA found heroin and crack in his car.

In 2007 he was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police pulled over his car in Santa Barbara and found a syringe of liquid cocaine in the vehicle.

His final arrest would come two years later in a sting operation in the Gansevoort hotel in Manhattan, where he later pleaded guilty to heroin possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

He was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but in 2011, Cameron was issued an additional four-and-a-half years for possession of contraband that tested positive for cocaine and heroin. 

Cameron recalls one interaction with Michael (pictured together in 2009) where he explicitly told him it was impossible to develop a relationship with him. ‘I think you’re going to overdose, or someone’s going to kill you, or you’re going to kill someone. I’m trying to prepare myself emotionally,’ Michael reportedly said to him

Cameron recalls one interaction with Michael (pictured together in 2009) where he explicitly told him it was impossible to develop a relationship with him. ‘I think you’re going to overdose, or someone’s going to kill you, or you’re going to kill someone. I’m trying to prepare myself emotionally,’ Michael reportedly said to him

But despite the uncountable ups-and-downs, Cameron can remember the elation he felt when he was visited by his father and Kirk, who he calls ‘Pappy’, at the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan before his sentencing in 2009.

‘I’m so impressed by Pappy, and touched. He’s ninety-three, and he’s come all the way from California to see me,’ Cameron writes, adding Kirk told him ‘That’s my boy’, when he informed him he’d been emerging victorious in a number of prison fights.

During his seven years behind bars, Cameron got a large tattoo of his father and grandfather on his torso, in an ode to overcoming the conflictions he felt growing up in their shadows.

‘I’ve never been able to overcome my conflicting feelings about my last name, my pride in it and at the same time, my discomfort with having it define how other people see me,’ he writes.

Cameron Douglas' book, Long Way Home, will be released on Tuesday

Cameron Douglas' book, Long Way Home, will be released on Tuesday

‘When I get their faces tattooed on my body, I feel ready, finally, to show an uncomplicated pride in them. When I show the tattoo to Dad, he seems embarrassed.’

Cameron was eventually released from prison in 2016. He moved into a halfway house in the Bronx before later moving into an apartment in TriBeca with his yoga instructor girlfriend, Viviane Thibes.

He pays testament to his father’s second wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, for ‘pushing [Michael] to extend his paternal love to me.

‘One day, we’re hanging out and [my dad] says, “I don’t know how you did it. How you went through the things you did.” It’s the first time he’s ever acknowledged it quite like that,’ Cameron says.

In December 2017, Cameron became a father himself when Viviane gave birth to their first daughter together, Lua Izzy Douglas.

They live in Hollywood Hills where Cameron is now pursuing a career as an actor and working to rebuild a relationship with his family.

‘[My father and I] never really became friends, as many father and sons do at a certain point, but now we’re starting to do that,’ Cameron writes.

‘We’re forming the relationship I’ve always wanted.’

Michael Douglas' son Cameron claims his father made him hand out joints to celebs at family parties

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