Diandra Douglas Defends Right To Michael Douglas’ “Wall Street 2″ Salary
Diandra Douglas isn’t really a heartless bitch…She just plays one in the courtroom!
Michael Douglas’ ex-wife Diandra Douglas has blamed her battle for more of his millions on disgraced financiers Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Starr. Douglas has launched a court fight for a 50 percent share of the profits from Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, citing a clause in the couple’s divorce settlment which entitles her to half of Michael’s salary for all sequels to films originally released during their union. Wall Street 2 was the follow-up to Douglas’ Academy Award-winning turn as Manhattan financier Gordon Gekko in 1987′s Wall Street.
In November, a New York judge dismissed Diandra’s claims for a share of the profits from last year’s Wall Street sequel should be heard in California, where The Douglases were divorced. Now D’s speaking out, insisting she’s only pursuing her legal action because she’s been left short of cash after falling victim to crooked investment advisers Madoff and Starr. Starr was jailed for seven years earlier this month for embezzling nearly $ 40 million from clients including Uma Thurman, Martin Scorsese, and Wesley Snipes. Convicted ponzi schemer Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 after pleading guilty to bilking billions from clients, which included Kevin Bacon and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
“One cannot live one’s life based on the court of public opinion,” Diandra remakrs in the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “Because of the type of human being I aspire to be, if Starr & Company hadn’t happened and Madoff hadn’t, and if a lot of other things hadn’t happened, to tell you the honest truth, I really believe I would have walked away.”
Diandra, who was wed to Douglas for 23 years before the pair divorced in 2000, dismissed critics who accused her of targeting the Oscar winner while he was battling throat cancer: “Michael didn’t know he was ill, I didn’t know he was ill, and the gods didn’t know he was ill. I am not into going after sick people for things that don’t belong to me… I am not a greedy person by nature.”
Diandra said she tried to have the case adjourned when she found out Michael was very ill in August but his legal team wanted to push forward with the case.
“Because we felt that it was a frivolous lawsuit and Michael did not need to have any further worries,” says Michael’s attorney Marilyn Chinitz. “I thought it was better to proceed to get this matter adjudicated.”
When Diandra called Michael to say that she “was terribly sorry he was ill,” he hung up on her, she claims.
Its hurtful. Im not made of cement. Im a human being. I loved Michael very much when I married him, Diandra says, sighing. And I dont think love ever really disappears. It might metamorphose, [but] I certainly dont think that hate is the right recipe…Im really happy that he is madly in love and has two lovely children, she insists.