Michael Douglas’ eldest son Cameron has been released from prison, after serving nearly seven years behind bars for drug offences, and is reportedly living in a halfway house.

According to the New York Daily News’ Page Six on Monday (August 1st), the 37 year old actor was quietly released early from prison having originally been due to leave in 2018, and is living in an unknown location while he gets accustomed to life outside prison.

Michael and Cameron DouglasCameron Douglas with his father Michael in 2009

The star of four movies, such as Mr. Nice Guy alongside Jackie Chan and It Runs In the Family, was caught by police in a New York City hotel in 2009 with half a pound of methamphetamine, which was enough to charge him with intent to distribute.

In April 2010 he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, but this was later extended by three years after he pleaded guilty to smuggling heroin and a number of other illegal substances into the jail. He spent the last two years in solitary confinement, soon after it was reported that he was left with a broken leg when inmates beat him up when a crime boss offered a $100 reward to anybody who caused him harm.

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However, Douglas is now planning on keeping a low profile, according to the report, but he’s due to write and release a tell-all memoir about his childhood and career in the Hollywood limelight, as well as his struggle with drugs and his time behind bars. Page Six quotes a source as saying Cameron wants “a new start, and a chance at a new life”.

Cameron is the only child of Douglas’ first marriage to Diandra Luker, whom the Hollywood star married in 1977 and divorced in 2000.

71 year old Michael spoke in 2013 about his son’s conviction: “I’m questioning the system. At first, I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I’ve reached a point now where I’m disappointed with the system.”

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