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Lawyer calls Michael Douglas' son Cameron a 'manipulator' in court

Cameron Douglas AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - The lawyer defended an accused drug dealer in federal court Monday by attacking the character of key witness Cameron Douglas, the son of Michael Douglas.

In Manhattan Federal Court, lawyer Louis Aidala called Douglas a "manipulator," a "drug dealer" and an unreliable witness who is testifying in return for a lesser prison sentence, according to the New York Daily News.

The Daily News reports that Douglas is expected to testify as a key witness in the trial of David Escalera, who is charged with conspiracy for his role in a drug-smuggling ring that prosecutors say also involved Douglas. "The evidence will prove that Cameron Douglas is a manipulator, one of the most ever met," Aidala reportedly said Monday.

The eldest son of the Oscar-winning actor was sentenced to five years in prison last year for dealing methamphetamine from a high-end Manhattan hotel.

Prosecutors could call him to the stand under a cooperation agreement requiring him to testify against one of his alleged suppliers.

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