Michael Douglas denies saying his throat cancer was caused by oral sex and the HPV virus in Guardian interview
Michael Douglas did not say he developed throat cancer because of oral sex, according to his publicist.
The Hollywood actor was quoted as telling the Guardian that the strain of cancer he was diagnosed with had been caused by the sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus).
But a statement from the 68-year-old’s publicist sought to clarify his remarks and said Douglas was not talking about his own cancer.
A statement from Allen Burry, obtained by the BBC said: “No. He [Douglas] did not say oral sex was the cause of his cancer."
The publicist reference medical evidence which links oral sex to throat cancer, but made it clear: “[Douglas] did not say it was the cause to his specific cancer."
In an interview the paper Douglas is quoted as denying that years of smoking and drinking were behind his near-fatal brush with cancer: "No, because without wanting to get too specific this particular cancer is caused by HPV which actually comes about from cunnilingus."
"I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."
However, Douglas' suggestion that cunnilingus is also a cure for throat cancer was disputed by medical professionals.
Douglas, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in August 2010, said that after "a rough few years" he is "back with a vengeance" and feels "blessed and fortunate to even be alive". His cancer is now in remission.
The American Oscar-winning actor, best known as Gordon Gekko in the Wall Street films, is married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
His son Cameron is serving a prison sentence for drug possession and dealing.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant