LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 — Eliza Dushku claims she was molested at the age of 12 by Joel Kramer, a Hollywood stunt coordinator, while she was filming True Lies.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress made the allegation in a lengthy Facebook post yesterday.
In the post, Dushku claims that Kramer, who was 36 at the time, lured her to a hotel room in Miami after assuring her parents that he was going to take her for a swim and for sushi afterwards.
Instead, Dushku says he emerged from a bathroom naked before “he laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me.”
When the incident was over, Kramer suggested they be careful in terms of telling anyone, but in the following weeks he grew “cold” towards Dushku and she noticed the dynamic on the set of the 1994 action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis had changed.
Kramer denied the allegations in an interview with Us Weekly yesterday.
“This is all vile lies,” Kramer told Us. “I never molested this young woman, ever. Who in their right mind would do that and then still work with someone another six months or seven months or however long we had left to work together, wouldn’t that be a little weird?”
Kramer added he is now considering legal action.
“I probably have to. I am angry, I am just hurt,” he told Us. “This is just out of nowhere and she has put out what she is going to say, so it is a he said, she said.”
“My career is done,” he added. “She just ruined me.”
Meanwhile, True Lies’s director James Cameron told journalists yesterday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that Dushku’s account was “heartbreaking”.
He went on to say: “Obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up. I think all the women are who are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now. I think this has been endemic throughout human systems, not just Hollywood. Because Hollywood deals with — women who were victims 10, 15, 20 years ago are famous today so they get to have a louder voice when they come forward so bravo for them for doing it. And I’m glad Eliza did it.”