A representative for actor Michael Douglas says the Oscar-winner didn’t blame his throat cancer on performing oral sex as many media outlets have reported.
Douglas spoke to The Guardian recently, and the Oscar winner indicated oral sex was to blame for his potentially terminal cancer. The admission rocked the Web, but now the actor’s rep insists Douglas didn’t quite say that.
But Douglas’ rep, Allen Burry, told TheWrap that in fact Douglas was saying his type of cancer can be spread through oral sex with a person infected with HPV–without saying that that was the specific cause of Douglas’ cancer.
“He did not say cunninlingus was the cause of his cancer,” Burry said. “He didn’t specifically name a cause.”
Here is the Douglas quote that caused the media uproar:
Asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking, usually thought to be the cause of the disease, Douglas replied: “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
Burry doesn’t seek a correction from any of the outlets who printed the news, according to TheWrap.com.