Stumbling Block

SOLVED!

[National Enquirer] He’s the son of Hollywood royalty and ambitiously wants to carry on his family’s acting legacy after emerging from a myriad of legal woes. But there’s one small stumbling block. He’s STILL add*cted to h*roin. Who is this shooting star?

SOLVED!

It’s Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas! Source: BlindGossip.com

Lots of privileges, lots of problems. While Cameron Douglas has talked about carrying on the family legacy as an actor (and even did “It Runs In The Family” with Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas), he is going to have to defer that dream for a few more years. That’s because the judge effectively doubled his prison sentence when he was recently caught with drugs in jail.

We talked earlier in the week about the stresses in the Douglas and Zeta Jones marriage (See Heading for Splitsville). Cameron is a big one. This article from The Huffington Post summarizes both the drug problems and the legal case against Cameron:

Cameron Douglas’ Prison Sentence

NEW YORK — The Douglas name – first with patriarch Kirk and later with son Michael – has always meant gold for Hollywood. But drama for the third generation of the Douglas family has occurred mostly off-screen, where Cameron Douglas has battled drug addiction and legal troubles.

In papers submitted for appeals court arguments Wednesday, prosecutors and a lawyer for Cameron Douglas have retold in greater detail than before how a man who seemed to have so many advantages in life could land in prison for a decade on a drug conviction.

The dispute is over Manhattan Judge Richard M. Berman’s decision to double Douglas’ five-year prison term after he committed several new drug infractions, including convincing a lawyer-turned-love interest to sneak drugs into prison for him in her bra on three or four occasions.

Berman said he had not “ever encountered a defendant who has so recklessly and wantonly and flagrantly and criminally acted in as destructive and (as) manipulative a fashion as Cameron Douglas has.”

In his brief, Douglas’ lawyer Paul Shechtman called the additional sentence “shockingly long,” saying it “may be the harshest sentence ever imposed on a federal prisoner for a drug possession offense.”

Douglas, 34, was originally accused of distributing and conspiring to distribute more than 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and 20 kilograms of cocaine from August 2006 until his July 28, 2009, arrest at a Manhattan hotel. At the time, he was so visibly high on heroin that he was taken first to a hospital before he was brought to court, and it was later learned he had been shooting heroin five to six times a day for five years, Shechtman noted.

He was released from custody on the condition that he remain under “house arrest” with a private security guard at his mother’s apartment, Shechtman said. Within days, he persuaded his girlfriend, Kelly Sott, to smuggle heroin to him, hidden in an electric toothbrush. Once discovered, his bail was revoked and he was incarcerated. Sott pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a plea deal and was sentenced to the seven months she had already served.

Still, Douglas gained leniency from what otherwise could have been a mandatory 10-year prison sentence by cooperating with the government, contacting his suppliers by telephone and text messages as law enforcement agents watched. As a result, two drug suppliers were arrested and convicted. Douglas testified at the trial of one supplier.

Douglas was sentenced to five years in prison for a Jan. 27, 2010, guilty plea to narcotics distribution charges even before his cooperation was completed.

At sentencing, Berman noted that the Douglas family had staged interventions for Douglas that he had refused and that two decades of drug addiction treatment had been unsuccessful. He said it appeared incarceration had produced the longest period of sobriety for Douglas since he was 13.

However, it was learned afterward that even prior to the April 20, 2010, sentencing, Douglas had persuaded one of his attorneys – a 33-year-old associate at a law firm with whom lawyers said he also had a romantic relationship – to smuggle Xanax pills to him in prison. Shechtman said she “apparently became enamored of Cameron during frequent visits.”

He admitted that he had shared the 30 Xanax pills with other inmates and that he had also smoked cigarettes, gambled, snorted substances and committed other infractions while in prison.

Shortly after testifying at the Oct. 3, 2011, trial of a drug supplier, prison staff caught Douglas with the opioid dependence medication Suboxone and a white powdery substance believed to be heroin. The prison punished him with disciplinary segregation for 11 months and canceled nearly three months of his good conduct time.

On Oct. 20, 2011, Douglas again pleaded guilty to drug possession, agreeing in a plea deal that the sentencing range should be an additional 12 to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors say that within a week of the plea, the government learned from a cooperating defendant in another case that Douglas had misled the government about how he obtained heroin while in prison.

Douglas had claimed he got it in a television room or at a church service or that he obtained the heroin by chance, picking it up off the floor after another inmate dropped it, the government said. But prosecutors say the cooperator revealed he had brought Douglas the drugs directly to his cell.

In court papers, Shechtman blamed Cameron Douglas’ long history of substance abuse and growing up with little parental support.

“While still a young teenager, he drank heavily and began selling drugs after his father sharply limited snorting cocaine,” he said. “He used illegal drugs to self-medicate – to ward off depression and panic attacks.”

He began using intravenous cocaine at age 20 and then started using heroin so that by age 25, “his life revolved around heroin,” Shechtman said.

His friends were fellow users, who gravitated to him because of his access to family money, which supported their habits, the lawyer said. His drug habit led him to be fired from a movie in which he had a minor role in 2006.

“Exasperated, his father gave him an ultimatum: enter a drug rehabilitation program or have his access to family money sharply limited. Cameron declined to enter treatment; his father carried out his threat; and Cameron turned to drug dealing to support his habit,” Shechtman wrote.

Shechtman argued that the judge had gone too far with Cameron Douglas, punishing an addict for something beyond his control.

“While we recognize that many of the words that the district court used to describe Cameron’s conduct – `reckless,’ `manipulative,’ `destructive,’ – were apt, the simple truth is that Cameron Douglas is a heroin addict who has yet to shake his habit,” he said.

After this article appeared. Cameron was seriously beaten in prison, and then busted again for drugs. From The New York Post:

Michael Douglas’ son Cameron busted again

Michael Douglas’ junkie son, Cameron, can’t stay clean — he got busted this month for having drugs in his system at the federal prison in Loretto, Pa., where he’s serving a 10-year stint for dealing.

Douglas failed a urinalysis and was immediately sent to solitary confinement the first week of January, according to a prison source.

No word on whether he’ll face additional jail time for the infraction or how long he’ll stew in the hole.

At least he has a friend locked up nearby.

His jailhouse tattoo artist, Billy Trent, also got sent to the sin bin after being nailed for contraband, the source said.

Recently, Douglas suffered a broken leg and finger behind bars after a crime-family captain put a $100 bounty on him for being a “rat,” a prison insider says.

The source says that Douglas mysteriously suffered the injuries after a New York City mobster offered payment to anyone who hurt the drug-dealing scion during flag-football season this fall at Loretto, Pa.

Douglas got wind of the scheme and dropped out of the league, which ended in October, but soon after turned up in the sick bay looking like he’d been mauled by the Giants defensive line.

“He broke his femur, which is hard to snap, and had to have a rod inserted,” says the source. “He told health services staff that he hurt them playing handball. You don’t break a femur playing handball.”

Douglas, who is doing a nearly 10-year stretch for dealing crystal meth and smuggling in drugs for himself while in the pokey, was inadvertently exposed as a turncoat by his shrink during a bail hearing in 2010.

Dr. Robert Millman let slip that Douglas agreed to testify against his suppliers, Mexican immigrant brothers David and Eduardo Escalera.

The prison tipster says a doctor’s aide misdiagnosed the broken leg and a blood clot developed.

“She thought it was a sprain, so he wants to sue this woman. He’s still walking around on crutches two months later.”

His famous father and his mom, Diandra Douglas, have visited Cameron but not together. Michael Douglas was furious over the allegedly botched medical treatment for his son, said the source.

No one has been punished for Douglas’ injuries, but most prisoners assume they resulted from the alleged bounty, the source says.

The gangster allegedly involved “is the self-proclaimed ‘King of the Italians.’ They won’t tolerate rats, and Cameron testified against the people who gave him the drugs.”

The insider says that the pampered, baby-faced Douglas has “gone gangster” in the joint, reshaping himself by pumping iron and getting prison tattoos.

“He recently had his initials inscribed on his neck and big stars on his shoulders, with each year of his incarceration in each star: ’10, ’11, ’12. And he’s currently getting a scroll on his back. They are being done by his best prison pal, Billy Trent, and he’s paid over $1,000 so far for all the ink.”

Cameron, who turned rat and got five years instead of 10 in 2009 — only to get an extra 4 1/2 years for smuggling in heroin and a prescription narcotic while at the Metropolitan Correctional Center — has been working as a weekend orderly in a housing unit and earning $1.65 per month.

He is not eligible to be released until 2018.

Many of you got this one right. Realmccoy18 was first!

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