Val Kilmer has denied claims he’s battling oral cancer in a statement posted on Facebook Tuesday night.
Talk began a few days ago when Kilmer’s “The Ghost and the Darkness” co-star Michael Douglas participated in a Q&A in London and said people hadn’t heard much lately from the former Batman actor because “[Kilmer] is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him.” Douglas was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in 2010.
In a response, posted on social media, the now 56-year-old Kilmer says the actor was misinformed:
“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed. The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play ‘Citizen Twain’. I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily.
I hope this puts to rest any further concerns about my health by publications that have no respect for the truth. Whatever led Michael Douglas to speculate about my health, he’s a loving and devoted friend to a privileged group of talent people around the world, and I’m sure he meant no harm.”
The full Facebook posting can be found on that site.