Michael Douglas Snubs Liberace’s Cancer-Stricken Ex

Friday, December 28, 2012

MICHAEL Douglas snubbed Scott Thorson — the terminally ill for­mer lover of piano legend Liberace — even though he’s starring in a movie based on a book written by the dying man.

Scott — who was diag­nosed with advanced anal cancer in August and was Liberace’s lover from 1976 to 1982 — wrote a book called Be­hind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, the ba­sis of an upcoming HBO film that stars Douglas as the flam­boyant performer.

“All I wanted do was was meet Michael and talk to him about my cancer,” Thor­son, 54, told American tabloid the National Enquirer.

“But I was bluntly told it would be im­possible. That really hurt.”

In August 2010, Douglas was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer and the movie was put on hold. Douglas beat the cancer, and production began in the summer of 2012 in Los Ange­les, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. But Thorson says he was left out in the cold.

“I thought it was very strange that I was never contacted,” he said. “Then, about three months ago, I got one phone call from Jerry Weintraub when he found out that I had cancer. He said, ‘I’m very sorry that you’re going through cancer.’ And that was it.

“It was clear that I wasn’t wel­come. My heart sank. These people were portraying me but I was a persona non grata. I’m angry.

“Right now, I’m very scared. I’ve already run through the money I got for the movie and I’ve got nothing left.

“I don’t know if I’ll make it to the premiere in May…or if I’m even invited.”