The ‘Dollhouse’ actress wrote that she was “sexually molested” by Joel Kramer after he “lured” her to his hotel room when filming the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Jamie Lee Curtis classic.
Eliza Dushku has accused Blade Runner 2049 and The Conjuring 2 stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of assaulting her on the set of the 1994 film classic True Lies, when Dushku was 12 years old.
In a Facebook post on Saturday the Dollhouse actress wrote that she was “sexually molested” by the then-36-year-old stunt coordinator after Kramer “lured” her to his hotel room when filming the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis starring action movie. Dushku says he promised her parents that he would take her swimming at the stunt crew’s hotel pool and take her out for sushi.
“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,” Dushku wrote.
Dushku says he laid down next to her on a hotel bed and rubbed her repeatedly, then suggested that she not tell anyone of the encounter. Dushku adds that on the way back to her parents, he pulled her onto his lap during a taxi ride, but grew “cold” to her in subsequent encounters.
Dushku claims that she told a “tough adult friend” on set about the encounter, who approached Kramer with the allegation. That same day, “by no small coincidence,” Dushku writes, she broke ribs in what she says what a stunt that went wrong.
“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: 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.”
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.
“Sharing these words, finally calling my abuser out publicly by name, brings the start of a new calm,” she wrote.
When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter by phone on Saturday, Kramer denied the accusations, calling them “atrocious lies.” He said he was “floored” and that Dushku’s claims were hitting him “like a sledgehammer.” Adding, “I’m already getting emails that people want to kill me.”
Kramer said he and his team did spend time with Dushku swimming and taking her out for sushi, at her request he says, but claims that he was never alone with her. “We took care of her like she was our kid,” he said. “I don’t ever remember being alone with her. ‘Luring’ her up to my hotel room, is just crazy.” Adding that the sexual assault allegation is “just untrue.”
According to Kramer, he says an assistant on set had told him Dushku had a crush on him. “I don’t know what goes through a young girl’s mind, I don’t know what goes through anyone’s mind,” he said. “Something set her off somewhere.”
As for the injury Dushku wrote about, Kramer says there would be a production report. “She may have gotten bruised, I don’t think she broke any ribs, I don’t remember that at all,” he said. “We do everything we can to make sure everybody is safe.” (Twitter users resurfaced a 2009 tweet from Dushku where she posted about an injury that sounded similar to the one mentioned in her Facebook post; broken ribs and a few concussions on the set of True Lies.)
Kramer, who is very much still working, referenced his long film resume since True Lies, which includes the recent Furious 7 and TV series Westworld and Star Trek: Discovery, and added, “We took care of her like she was our kid. It was important that Eliza trusted me and the stunt team. Especially with a minor. I’ve never gotten anybody hurt.”
He said he plans to talk to an attorney but added, “I’m not even angry, I’m just so hurt. I’m probably going to have to talk to an attorney at some point, that will cost me thousands of dollars to get to the bottom of this, but why would I want to countersue and ruin her life? It’s a lose-lose for everybody.”
True Lies star Tom Arnold took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to say, “Of course I believe @elizadushku.”
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