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2011-12-21 10:07

New York - Cameron Douglas, scion of one of Hollywood's most famous acting families, could face being ordered on Wednesday to stay behind bars beyond his current sentence for drug dealing.

The troubled son of Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas was sentenced in April last year to five years for drug trafficking, but has been caught possessing drugs while in prison.

Douglas, 33, wrote to Judge Richard Berman ahead of his hearing on Wednesday, pleading for clemency.

In the handwritten, two-page letter, Douglas speaks of being "saturated in my own shame and penitence" and begs for another chance to "navigate my way through this menacing tempest".


According to the document in his court file, Douglas tells Berman that drug addiction has "robbed me of a life that should of and could have been rife in promise".

However now, "I feel so strongly for the first time in my life that I am truly ripe for positive reform and real achievement".

Before his original sentencing, Michael Douglas, his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and his legendary actor father Kirk Douglas all wrote to the court, asking that leniency be shown to Cameron Douglas.

Once an aspiring actor, Cameron Douglas was arrested in August in a New York hotel with large quantities of methamphetamine.

The prosecution said he was selling large quantities of methamphetamine in addition to using the drugs himself. He either sent or transported packets of the drugs to New York from California and had cash payments sent by courier to a California hotel.

He was previously jailed in 1999 and 2007 on drug charges.

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