Actress Eliza Dushku is claiming that she was sexually assaulted – at the age of 12 -when she was a cast member of the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger film “True Lies.”
Dushku said she was lured to a hotel room by a stuntman who worked on the film, who then molested her on a bed. She made the allegations in a Facebook post, and cast member Jamie Lee Curtis and director James Cameron have said they were unaware of the incident at the time, but gave her their support.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to comment on Dushku’s statement. She played Schwarzenegger’s daughter in the film.
Actress Eliza Dushku has come forward with allegations against her stunt coordinator on the 1994 film “True Lies,” saying Joel Kramer molested her when he was 36 and she was just 12.
In a lengthy post on Facebook, Dushku came forward over the weekend to give a full account of what she called a calculated effort by Kramer to get close to her. She said it followed a pattern of inappropriate behavior, including referring to her as “Jailbait” on set.
She alleged that Kramer manipulated both her and her parents to let him be alone with her in a Miami hotel room where he allegedly got naked and initiated unwanted physical contact with her on a bed.
In a statement to Fox News, Kramer denied the allegations against him, referring to the now 37-year-old actress’ accounts as “entirely untrue.”
“These allegations are a well-crafted fabrication by Ms. Dushku. I do not understand what motivated Ms. Dushku to make this statement and I hope that she can find it in her conscious to correct this injustice and return my good name to me. I understand the culture in Hollywood has been historically unfair to women and I applaud and support women who are standing up and pointing out these injustices,” he said. “It is unfortunate, however that this new culture allows a person to destroy the life and livelihood of a person with false accusations.”
Despite his assertion of innocence, Deadline reports that his agency, WPA, has dropped him as a client. “Such behavior is unacceptable and entirely at odds with the standards of conduct we demand of ourselves, and expect from our clients,” WPA’s president and general counsel Richard Caleel said.
In her post, the actress known for roles on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse” wrote that Kramer groomed her and her parents promising to take her for a swim at the stunt crew’s hotel pool one night, followed by her first sushi dinner thereafter. That, she said, was how two people of very different ages ended up in the same hotel room together.
“I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights; how he cranked up the air-conditioning to what felt like freezing levels, where exactly he placed me on one of the two hotel room beds, what movie he put on the television (‘Coneheads’); how he disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section,” she wrote. “I remember what I was wearing (my favorite white denim shorts, thankfully, secured enough for me to keep on). I remember how he laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me. He spoke these words: ‘You’re not going to sleep on me now sweetie, stop pretending you’re sleeping,’ as he rubbed harder and faster against my catatonic body. When he was ‘finished’, he suggested, ‘I think we should be careful…,’ [about telling anyone] he meant.”
Dushku said she confided in a “tough adult female friend.” Deadline, in a separate report, revealed that the “friend” was her representative at the time, JoAnne Colonna, who confronted Kramer about what happened.
Dushku also wrote that she suffered an injury to her ribs in a stunt gone wrong — later on the same day that her friend talked to Kramer. The actress suggested in her post that it was no accident.
“To be clear, over the course of those months rehearsing and filming ‘True Lies,’ it was Joel Kramer who was responsible for my safety on a film that at the time broke new ground for action films,” she wrote. “On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12 year old body. My life was literally in his hands.”
Dushku said she recently saw a photo of Kramer with his arm around a young girl, which prompted her to come forward with her story. Kramer recently worked on projects including “Blade Runner 2049,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Westworld.”
James Cameron, who directed “True Lies,” commended Dushku on her decision to come forward while speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour. According to TV Guide, Cameron is working on a TV adaptation of “True Lies.” He said that he had no clue any of this was going on, promising that there would have been “no mercy” for Kramer if he did.
Dushku’s on-screen mother in “True Lies,” Jamie Lee Curtis, penned an article in The Huffington Post addressing the issue of the allegations.
“There are industry-wide legal protections for these young performers that have been long-held and hard fought. There are always teachers and advocates and adult family members or surrogates for the children on set and rigid rules that need to be followed. Yet sadly, as with any rules, these are often broken,” she wrote.