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This April 27, 2009 file photo shows US actor Michael Douglas arriving with his son Cameron Douglas for the world premiere of "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" at the Grauman This April 27, 2009 file photo shows US actor Michael Douglas arriving with his son Cameron Douglas for the world premiere of "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Michael Douglas said August 12, 2009 his family was "devastated" by the arrest of his son, Cameron, accused by authorities of selling large amounts of methamphetamine. AFP PHOTO / Files / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)  

Michael Douglas’ son attacked in prison, leg broken over drug-dealer snitching

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Cameron Douglas, son of legendary Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, was recently attacked in prison by fellow inmates, suffering a broken leg and fingers. Douglas was targeted for violence after a mob boss put a bounty on the Oscar winner’s son for “ratting” on his drug dealers.

“He broke his femur, which is hard to snap, and had to have a rod inserted,” a source told the New York Post.

Douglas did not make the mistake of “ratting” a second time.

“He told health services staff that he hurt them playing handball. You don’t break a femur playing handball,” the source said.

Douglas, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for heroin possession and for running a coke and meth-dealing operation out of a New York City hotel room. Last December, Douglas’ sentence was extended another four and a half years when he was caught smuggling heroin into his Pennsylvania prison.

A New York mob boss reportedly placed a $100 bounty on Douglas’ body during prison flag football season, after Douglas’ psychiatrist revealed during a 2010 bail hearing that Douglas had snitched on his drug suppliers, David and Eduardo Escalera, in exchange for a lighter sentence. It is unclear if Douglas’ broken femur and fingers are related to the bounty.

Douglas has been in and out of trouble with the law since 1999, when he was slapped with his first misdemeanor in Manhattan for possession of a controlled substance, at that time cocaine.

A onetime aspiring actor, Douglas appeared alongside his father and grandfather Kirk Douglas in the 2003 drama “It Runs in the Family.” He also starred in the 2005 comedy “National Lampoon’s Adam and Eve,” playing the male lead opposite Emmanuelle Chriqui. His last feature film credit was the low-budget 2008 action flick “Loaded” with Jesse Metcalf.

Michael Douglas said in 2010 that he blamed himself for his son’s problems, admitting that he was a “bad father,” and saying that Cameron would probably end up dead unless he went to prison.

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