Eliza Dushku (above) accused one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators, Joel Kramer, of sexually molesting her 25 years ago
Eliza Dushku accused one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators, Joel Kramer, of sexually molesting her 25 years ago.
The 37-year-old actress wrote a lengthy, detailed Facebook post on Saturday in which she alleges that Kramer took her to a hotel room in Miami when she was just 12 years old and ‘rubbed all over’ her body until he was ‘finished.’
At the time, Dushku was starring in one of her first breakout roles alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 action flick True Lies.
Kramer has denied the allegations.
Dushku writes that she told her parents, one of her brothers, and two adult friends about what happened, but ‘no one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I.’
The actress writes that before the alleged incident Kramer ‘made me feel special’ and ‘methodically built my and my parents’ trust’ by ‘grooming me’ for months.
‘[H]e lured me to his Miami hotel room with a promise to my parent that he would take me for a swim at the stunt crew’s hotel pool and for my first sushi meal thereafter,’ she writes.
The 37-year-old actress (left) wrote a lengthy, detailed Facebook post on Saturday in which she alleges that Kramer (right) took her to a hotel room in Miami when she was just 12 years old and ‘rubbed all over’ her body until he was ‘finished’
Kramer then ‘disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section,’ according to Dushku.
‘I remember how he laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me,’ she writes.
‘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.
‘When he was “finished”, he suggested, “I think we should be careful…,” [about telling anyone] he meant. I was 12, he was 36.’
Dushku also alleges that after the alleged incident in the hotel Kramer ‘put me on his lap’ and ‘clutched me’ while they were both in the backseat of a taxicab.
She writes that the cab driver ‘stared at me in the rear view mirror’ and that ‘my eyes never left the driver’s eyes during that long ride’ in Miami.
Dushku also alleges that after the alleged assault Kramer ‘grew cold with me in the ensuing weeks.’
She writes that after an adult female friend of hers in whom she confided confronted Kramer about his behavior, Dushku was injured in a ‘stunt-gone-wrong’.
Dushku writes that it was ‘no small coincidence’ that she suffered broken ribs as a result of the accident given that it was Kramer who was ‘responsible for my safety on a film that broke new ground for action films.’
‘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,’ Dushku writes.
‘Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser.’
Dushku also writes that Kramer had given her ‘over-the-top special attention’ by nicknaming her ‘Jailbait’ – doing so in a ‘sick flirty way in front of others’.
At the time, Dushku was starring in one of her first breakout roles alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 action flick True Lies
Nobody on the set of the movie thought it was necessary to speak up, Dushku writes.
The actress writes that she decided to come forward after learning recently that Kramer ‘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,’ she writes.
‘That image has haunted me near nonstop since. I can no longer hide what happened.’
Kramer has worked either as a stunt double for Schwarzenegger or a stunt coordinator on a number of his films, including Commando, Predator, Raw Deal, Total Recall, Last Action Hero, and the Terminator movies, according to IMBD.
Kramer told Variety on Saturday that Dushku’s allegations were ‘absolutely not true.’
He claims Dushku swam in the hotel pool with him and other members of the stunt crew, including Dushku’s stunt double.
Afterwards, he took her to her first ever sushi meal, and then took her home.
Kramer told Variety he was ‘taken aback’ and ‘floored’ by the allegations.
He claims he ‘never molested her’ and was ‘never nude in front of her.’
‘This whole talk of luring her to my room, on top of her, getting off, holding her in the car and calling her jailbait is just outright hyperbole and lies,’ he said.
Kramer told Variety that another person on the set told him that Dushku was ‘always asking questions’ about him.
He said that led him to believe he needed to ‘handle her with kid gloves.’
‘I did kiss her on the cheek once to say goodnight to her, gave her a hug,’ he said.
‘We treated her like family, she was part of our crew.’
Kramer insisted the allegations were ‘absurd’ and said that it would not have made any sense for him to do the things he is accused of.
‘Who in their right mind would do something like that, when you’re a high-profile coordinator on a shoot like that with months left of shooting?’ he said.
One Facebook user wrote: ‘I’m so sorry but as a parent it was your parent’s responsibility to do something…They allowed you to go back to work knowing your life was in his hands’
Judith Dushku, Eliza’s mother, agreed with the criticism
On Facebook, Dushku’s mother writes that she accepts criticism from people who say that she should have done more to either protect her daughter or confront Kramer.
One Facebook user wrote: ‘I’m so sorry but as a parent it was your parent’s responsibility to do something…They allowed you to go back to work knowing your life was in his hands.
‘And even after the incident they said nothing.’
Judith Dushku, Eliza’s mother, agreed with the criticism.
‘I accept your condemnation as Eliza’s mother,’ she wrote. ‘I was afraid of Joel Kramer, too. And it was years later that I finally understood fully what really happened.’
‘At the time, Eliza was too scared to tell the whole story and in a way I think she protected me from knowing because she knew how frightened I was of the powerful men on the set.’