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Michael Douglas cites fame, family history of addiction in letter to judge about son Cameron

April 20, 2010 |  9:18 am

Michael douglas march A five-page letter to the court handwritten by Michael Douglas was made public Monday -- a day ahead of Tuesday's scheduled sentencing for Cameron Douglas, the actor's troubled son.

In the letter, Michael says that during eight sober months of incarceration related to drug charges, Cameron "maintains his spirit, blames no one but himself, and recognizes his criminal activity began with his heroin use." 

The Oscar winner also explains that his son comes from a long line of movie stars and addicts, and has used drugs since age 13. He refers to his "bad marriage" to Cameron's mother, and the fact that his acting career frequently made him an absent father.

Also cited are a litany of relatives -- names redacted -- who have either struggled with or died from substance abuse. 

Sentencing-related pleas from grandfather Kirk Douglas, mom Diandra Douglas, stepmom Catherine Zeta-Jones and others were made public earlier this month.

Cameron Douglas, People reports, faces a "mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years" in prison after pleading guilty Jan. 27 to drug charges -- but the judge has some discretion, the magazine says.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Michael Douglas attends the New York City Police Foundation Gala on March 16. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

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