(AP, New York) Michael Douglas says his family’s fame and history of substance abuse helped drive his son into drug addiction and crime in New York.

The Academy Award-winning actor has asked a federal judge in a handwritten letter to show leniency toward Cameron Douglas at a sentencing set for Tuesday.

(AP, New York) Michael Douglas says his family’s fame and history of substance abuse helped drive his son into drug addiction and crime in New York.

The Academy Award-winning actor has asked a federal judge in a handwritten letter to show leniency toward Cameron Douglas at a sentencing set for Tuesday.

Michael Douglas says he’s not blind to his son’s actions, but in his words: “I don’t want to see him break.”

Cameron Douglas was arrested in July 2009 at a Manhattan hotel. He has admitted dealing methamphetamine and cocaine. The 31-year-old pleaded guilty in January to a drug charge that carries a mandatory 10 years in prison. His lawyers are arguing for less.

Michael Douglas’ letter points to relatives’ drug and alcohol problems and “the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father.”

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