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He might not have much going for him, what with those drug charges and federal prison time staring at him, but Cameron Douglas does have friends in high places.
Notably a family full of Oscar winners.
His "Pappy," Kirk Douglas, and stepmom, Catherine-Zeta Jones, have put pen to paper in an attempt to convince a judge to go easy on the 31-year-old spawn of Michael Douglas, who is facing a minimum 10-year prison term at his April 27 sentencing.
Here are some highlights from the mailbag:
- "I remember when he played a part in the movie [2003's It Runs in the Family] with me and Michael. He was a natural. We were so proud," writes Kirk Douglas in a note to Judge Richard Berman. "Of course, as his grandfather—by the way he calls me Pappy (never grandpa)—I am prejudiced. I was shocked when he got in such a mess...I am convinced that Cameron could be a fine actor and a person that cares for others. I hope I can see that happen before I die. I love Cameron."
- "My stepson is a caring, considerate, worthy human being, but nevertheless, the disease that for years he has tried to combat, did take over again," Zeta-Jones writes in longhand, adding that Cameron is a fantastic stepbrother to the two young children she shares with her Wall Street hubby. "What is wrong is wrong, but may all these positive attributes prevail, so that a facility that he is positioned in will help rehabilitate him."
- "Cameron's arrest has brought all of us life lessons, most of all Cameron. As painful as it is for a mother to have to watch her son go through an ordeal such as this one...for the first time in my life I see my son enthusiastic about his life," adds his mom and Michael's first wife, Diandra Douglas.
- "I know in the bottom of my heart that he can become a valuable, responsible productive person in society," offered family friend and Miami Heat coach Pat Riley. "Cameron is not a criminal. His criminal behaviour cannot be tolerated and should bear consequences. I ask for mercy, Judge. can we please save this 'ONE.' "
Check out which other stars have had run-ins with the law recently in our Court Appearances gallery.