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Eliza Dushku Alleges 'True Lies' Stuntman Molested Her When She Was 12

Actress Eliza Dushku (photosEliza Dushku photos) says she was sexually molested by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer during production of the 1994 film 'True Lies'.

Eliza was just 12 at the time while Kramer was 36. Dushku also alleges that the coordinator then caused her to be injured on the set as payback for disclosing the incident to a confidant.

The 'Buffy the Vampire' Slayer, 'Dollhouse' and 'Bring It On' says in a social media post that Kramer made her "feel special" and "lured" her into his Miami hotel room after promising her parents that she could swim at the hotel pool and enjoy her first sushi dinner with the crew.

However, once in his hotel room, she says he disappeared in the bathroom and emerged wearing a small towel. He then got on top of her on a bed and engaged in a sex act while she was still wearing shorts.

"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," she writes.

"When he was 'finished', he suggested, "I think we should be careful" (about telling anyone) he meant. I was 12, he was 36."

"And I remember how soon-after, when my tough adult female friend came out to the set to visit and face him, later that very same day, by no small coincidence, I was injured from a stunt-gone-wrong on the Harrier jet. With broken ribs, I spent the evening in the hospital," she says.

"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. On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12 year old body."

"My life was literally in his hands: he hung me in the open air, from a tower crane, atop an office tower, 25+ stories high. Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser."

Eliza Dushku says she decided to speak out now because: "I learned recently that in fact he still works at the top of the industry. And a few weeks ago, I found an internet photo of Joel Kramer hugging a young girl. That image has haunted me near nonstop since. I can no longer hide what happened."

Eliza says she was strengthened by those women who have revealed their own incidents before her and hopes by "finally calling my abuser out publicly by name, brings the start of a new calm."

Kramer has denied the accusations as "lies." He has been dropped by Worldwide Production Agency, his talent agency, after the accusations.

'True Lies' filmmaker James Cameron says he was unaware of the "heartbreaking" experience and lauded her as "very brave" for speaking up.

"Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy," says Cameron when asked about the story. "Now, especially when I have daughters, there really is no mercy."

January 15, 2018 |

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