Cameron Douglas, son of actor Michael Douglas, gets 60 months in jail for drug rap;
Cameron Douglas – son of Michael Douglas and grandson of Kirk Douglas – is going to prison for more than four years despite the pleas of his famous family.
A judge sentenced Cameron Douglas to five years in prison Tuesday – and gave his family a scolding.
As a stone-faced Michael Douglas looked on from the second row, Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman said the pleas for leniency he received made too many excuses for the drug-dealing junkie.
“Get beyond and get over that idea … that Cameron Douglas is a victim,” Berman said.
Relatives including his dad, Michael Douglas; his grandpa Kirk Douglas, and his stepmom, Catherine Zeta-Jones, had sent letters to Berman, pushing for rehab instead of jail for the 31-year-old.
Berman gave him 60 months in prison, with credit for the eight months he has served for a total of 52 months – less than half of what the top charge carries.
He told Cameron Douglas the prison stint is his “last chance to make it.”
He noted that the time he has been in federal lockup is his longest period sober since he was 13, and suggested he would have relapsed if released on bail.
Although Cameron Douglas’ boldfaced relatives said they were fully behind his effort to kick his heroin habit, Berman said he didn’t see how anything would be different this time around.
In a brief statement, Cameron Douglas pledged to stay clean and “not be led astray by my warped thinking and false pretences due to my heroin addiction.
“I want to take the right path … I feel like it’s my duty,” he said, adding that he hoped to become “an entertainer” when he’s freed.
“I apologize to my family and my loved ones for putting them through this nightmare of my making,” he added.
Cameron Douglas was arrested last summer for dealing crystal meth out of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District – and busted again when his girlfriend tried to smuggle him drugs in an electric toothbrush.
He pleaded guilty, and court documents said he cooperated with the probe, which often helps reduce prison time.
Michael Douglas didn’t say a word as he left court but was heard telling his son’s lawyers, “It’s fair.”
His mother, Diandra Douglas, mouthed, “I love you” to her son in the courtroom.