Published Jan 15, 2018Actress Eliza Dushku has accused a stunt coordinator of sexually assaulting her when she was 12 years old.
In a statement shared via Facebook on Saturday (January 13), she alleged that Joel Kramer molested her during the filming of True Lies.
Despite confiding in her parents, two adult friends and one of her older brothers, Dushku said, "No one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I."
She claimed that Kramer spent months "grooming" her, eventually luring her to a hotel on the promise of a swim and sushi dinner. She said that he closed the curtains, turned off the lights, cranked up the air conditioning and placed her on a bed. He allegedly went into the bathroom, then reemerged naked.
"He laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me," Dushku wrote.
She went on to describe how their professional relationship changed afterwards, claiming that he became "cold" towards her.
She also accused Kramer of purposefully injuring her on the set. On the same day an adult friend she had confided in came to the set to confront Kramer, Dushku alleged, "by no small coincidence, I was injured from a stunt-gone-wrong." She ended up in the hospital with broken ribs.
Dushku elaborated on her decision to go public with the story of her alleged assault, saying she was recently "haunted" by a photo she saw of Kramer hugging another young girl. She added, "I hope that speaking out will help other victims and protect against future abuse."
Read Dushku's full account below.
Since Dushku's allegations emerged, Kramer has been dropped by Worldwide Production Agency.
True Lies star Jamie Lee Curtis has now spoken out in support of Dushku, penning an essay for the Huffington Post in which she revealed that she learned about the incident a few years ago. Curtis wrote,"I was shocked and saddened then and still am today."