Michael Douglas' representative has clarified reports suggesting the actor's throat cancer was caused by oral sex, insisting the star's comments about the topic have been misconstrued. The Wall Street star, who is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, hit headlines over the weekend (01-02Jun13) when he voiced his belief that his health battle was caused by a strain of HPV, the human papillomavirus, which can be contracted through cunnilingus.
He told Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus... I mean, I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."
His frank admission won him praise from Brian Hill, executive director of America's Oral Cancer Foundation, for bringing attention to the subject, but Douglas' spokesman, Allen Burry, claims the actor was only making a general link between oral sex and throat cancer, and was not actually referring to his own health struggle.
Burry tells TheWrap.com, "He did not say cunninlingus was the cause of his cancer. He didn't specifically name a cause."
The Hollywood star was first examined by doctors in early 2010 after complaining of a sore throat, and he claims he was put on a course of antibiotics after the medics failed to spot the growth.
He then went through "a litany of doctors and tests" before he was eventually diagnosed with throat cancer by physicians at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. He subsequently underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and was later given the all-clear.
Douglas, who owns a home near Montreal, is now showing his gratitude to the doctors at the hospital by agreeing to appear at a charity fundraiser for the facility's affiliated McGill University's head and neck cancer fund.
Jewish General Hospital spokesman Allen Burry, says, "That's where he found out he had his cancer. He was happy to do it (the fundraiser)."
Dr. Saul Frenkiel, one of the event's organisers, adds, "It was his very gracious offer to help us in view of his own battle with throat cancer... Certainly, Michael Douglas... helps to bring to the attention of the public the need to do important research in the head and neck cancer field. We were very appreciative of his kind support - it was a gracious personal offer and certainly reflected his own inner personality and willingness to help battle head and neck cancer."
The actor and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, are also contributing to an auction at the event by offering up an afternoon of their company playing golf at the local course. The fundraiser takes place in Montreal on 3 May (11).
The Hollywood couple had spent the day at royal residence Buckingham Palace, where Zeta-Jones was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Charles, Prince of Wales.
The stars were chauffeured back to their hotel in the British capital, but they encountered trouble as they exited their car and had to fight their way through a horde of snappers waiting at the entrance to their residence.
In video footage of the brawl, obtained by U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Zeta-Jones can be heard shouting, "How dare you punch me!" at one overzealous paparazzo as they enter the hotel lobby.
She then demands, "I want a police officer right now. He punched me! The guy coming in here, he punched me!"
Douglas leaps to his wife's defence and stares menacingly at the alleged attacker, branding him an "a**hole" before appearing to grab the photographer and push him as hotel security rush to separate the two men.
It is not known whether an official police complaint was filed over the incident, which spoiled a "fabulous" day for the Douglases, according to the Wall Street star's publicist Allen Burry.
Referring to the video, he tells Entertainment Tonight, "You saw it for yourself. Otherwise, the trip and the ceremony were fabulous and such a joy for everyone."
The Wall Street star is recovering after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer last month (Oct10).
A new tabloid article in the National Enquirer suggests the frail movie star needed medical treatment after falling at his apartment on 29 October (10), while his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was away on business in China.
A source tells the publication, "He quickly came to his senses, but knew he needed to get himself checked out. He had a driver take him to Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to see his doctor.
"It was a frightening moment, and he didn't want to worry Catherine... After being examined, Michael was allowed to return home."
But a spokesperson for the ailing Hollywood actor insists there is no truth to the collapse report and says Douglas is continuing on the road to recovery.
The National Enquirer previously alleged Douglas had just three months to live, prompting the actor's spokesman and friend Allen Burry to blast the sick speculation as "really disgusting" and "complete fabrications".
The Wall Street actor was diagnosed with throat cancer in August (10), just months after 31-year-old Cameron was handed a five-year prison term on drug charges.
But Douglas is determined to support his son despite his own struggle with gruelling radiation and chemotherapy treatment - and regularly makes trips from his home in New York to Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania.
The father and son meet in the prison visitors' room in the grounds, according to official documents obtained by Britain's People newspaper.
Douglas' publicist Allen Burry says, "Michael is still visiting with Cameron. He is not going every day and not as often as he would like but he is still visiting with him."
The Wall Street star is currently recovering after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer earlier this month (Oct10).
An article in U.S. tabloid National Enquirer suggests Douglas' health has taken a turn for the worse and claims the star has only months to live.
But the star's friend and spokesperson Allen Burry has denied there is any truth to the story, telling GossipCop.com the speculation is "really disgusting" and "complete fabrications".
The veteran star has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment for throat cancer following his diagnosis revelation last month (Aug10) and it had been feared he would be too weak to attend the big unveiling.
Last week (ends17Sep10), his publicist Allen Burry insisted Douglas would make every effort to attend the event, but would evaluate the situation on a "day-to-day" basis.
However, the defiant actor refused to let fans down and stepped out for the Big Apple premiere on Monday, joined by his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
He smiled and waved as he strolled down the red carpet but refused to talk to the press due to the strain the cancer treatment has had on his vocal cords.
And Stone was full of praise for Douglas for taking the time to attend, likening him to his father, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.
He says, "It's an amazing act of control, he's courageous. He reminds me of his dad, who I know. Got that strength in character. I'm very disappointed (about the cancer). It's a very hard time for him."
Douglas reprises his role as ruthless bank boss Gordon Gekko in the sequel to the original 1987 film, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin and Carey Mulligan.
The acting icon is currently receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment for throat cancer following his diagnosis revelation last month (Aug10).
His highly-anticipated return as ruthless bank boss Gordon Gekko is to be unveiled at the New York screening on 20 September (10), but speculation has been rife the star will be too drained to attend.
But his publicist Allen Burry insists Douglas will make every effort to be there.
The rep tells Popeater.com, "That's the plan right now (to be at the premiere). But we're literally going day-to-day as to know how much he can do.
"He would like to attend the premiere and show his support for the movie. He knows that's part of the job and he's proud of the movie."
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones aren’t married yet, so you can go back to bed. The couple is denying a British Sun report that they’re planning beachside nuptials for Sept. 30 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
"There are plans for a wedding, but it’s not in Santa Barbara, and it’s not on the 30th," Zeta-Jones’ publicist, Cece Yorkee, told USA Today.
The 78-acre Bacara Resort and Spa is the venue where the wedding is rumored to be taking place. A spokeswoman for the resort says the story is untrue.
Douglas’ Further Films representative, Allen Burry, says the resort may have spread the rumors to get free publicity for its debut.
Pulling his best Alanis, Burry tells USA Today, "Isn’t it ironic that the hotel is opening next week?"
Yes, it is ironic.
Zeta-Jones, 30, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Dylan Michael, on Aug. 9 in Beverly Hills, Calif. She is the star of "Entrapment" while Douglas, 55, won a Best Actor Oscar for 1987’s "Wall Street."