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Michael Douglas' son Cameron reportedly beaten badly in prison

December 17, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, has reportedly been beaten in prison, where he's doing time for selling drugs.
Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, has reportedly been beaten in… (Chris Pizzello / Associated…)

Michael Douglas' son reportedly has been beaten in a Pennsylvania prison, winding up with a broken finger and a broken leg.

Cameron Douglas, 34, suffered the injuries — including a broken femur — after a New York City crime boss put a $100 bounty on his head during the prison flag-football league season because he was a "rat," a prison source told the New York Post.

Although the younger Douglas reportedly dropped out of the league where he was targeted, he nonetheless turned up badly injured. The actor's son blamed his injuries on a handball game, the source said, and a doctor's aide reportedly misdiagnosed the break as a sprain at first.

"You don’t break a femur playing handball," the source told the New York Post, adding later, "He’s still walking around on crutches two months later."

Douglas was hit with a five-year sentence in 2010 after pleading guilty to charges of distributing crystal meth and possessing heroin.

An additional 4½-year term was tacked onto that last December for having drugs smuggled into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on his behalf. Though serving time at a federal prison in Loretto, Pa., Douglas was in New York to testify against a former supplier.

The 4½-year sentence was among the harshest handed down for drug possession by a federal prisoner, according to the New York Times, which said that most prisoners found in possession of drugs are not charged but rather face administrative sanctions such as loss of prison privileges.

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