Cameron was sentenced on drug charges for conspiring to sell crystal meth and for heroin possession.
“My son has not been sober for this length of time since he was 13 years old,” Michael said on the Today show this morning. “So he was going to be dead or somebody was gonna kill him, and I think he has a chance to start a new life and he knows that. And from my understanding, it’s going to take that amount of time for him to rebuild and start himself afresh.”
“He’s a great young man and I wouldn’t be supporting him if I didn’t feel that way.”
Michael has been outspoken about his feelings of failure as a parent and is shouldering some portion of the blame. “I’ve taken blame about being a bad father – if being a bad father is working your butt off trying to create a career at one time,” he said. “When I had Cameron I was early in my career and as opposed to most jobs, making movies takes you all around the world, so you were absentee in that sense.”
He’s learned his lesson though. “My priorities have completely changed,” he said. “My marriage and my families come certainly before my career.”
Michael also has Dylan, 9, and Carys, 7, with his Catherine Zeta-Jones.
On top of 5-years in prison, Cameron has to pay $25,000 in fines, serve 450 hours of community service and is also required to spend 5 years in a supervised release program upon release from prison.