Dushku posted an emotional Facebook post on Saturday morning detailing an encounter where stunt coordinator Joel Kramer undressed and rubbed his naked body over hers when she was only 12 years old. Kramer denied the allegations in a statement to Deadline.
At TCA representing his new AMC Visionaries project James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, the director and explorer said, "I just heard about it, but obviously Eliza is very courageous for speaking up, and I think all the women are that are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now".
"Eliza is very courageous for speaking up, and I think (so are) all the women are that are speaking up and calling for a reckoning". She says after one friend she told confronted Kramer-who was in charge of rigging Dushku-she had her ribs broken in a stunt "by no small coincidence".
James Cameron would have shown "no mercy" had he known about Eliza Dushku's alleged experience on the set of his 1994 film True Lies, he said at TCA on Saturday. "Now especially that I have daughters there would really have been no mercy". Kramer, reached by phone Saturday, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was "floored" by Dushku's claims, which were hitting him "like a sledgehammer". In November, he told Vanity Fair, "I remember nearly getting in a fight with Harvey Weinstein and hitting him with my Oscar", and acknowledges that, in retrospect, there are many in Hollywood "that would've preferred I had played through on that one".
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The actress adds that she was prompted to come out with her story now when she saw a photo of Kramer hugging a young girl on the Internet, an image that she writes "haunted" her. Dushku also credits other Hollywood women who have come out with stories of abuse and assault in recent weeks for strengthening her resolve. That they feel safe and that nyone who might be a predator or an abuser knows that mechanism is there and that it's encouraged.
The string of allegations against influential men in Hollywood continues into 2018, with the latest bombshell claim coming in the form of a Facebook post this week by actress Eliza Dushku. "At that age they are impressionable and my job as a stunt coordinator was to get Eliza to trust us, because she has to do stunts, she has to be in harnesses". Lies, lies, lies. This is just insane. "I never molested this young woman, ever". I think all the women are who are speaking up.
She claims that he drew the curtains in his room, turned down the air conditioning and disappeared into the bathroom before emerging in just a "flimsy towel", then lay on the bed, rubbing her and saying "you're not going to sleep on me now sweetie, stop pretending you're sleeping".
"I tried to keep Joel away from her (Eliza) as did others working on the set, but because of all the stunts she had to do, he was constantly involved with her and her body".