Eliza Dushku Accuses True Lies Stuntman of Underage Sexual Assault
Eliza Dushku is the latest actress in Hollywood who is coming out against a former abuser. This time, Dushku claims to have been sexually molested on the set of True Lies by famed stunt coordinator Joel Kramer, who has a long body of work behind his name. The stuntman denies the accusations, but Dushku’s personal guardian at the time has come out to say everything the actress is claiming is true. Here is Eliza Dushku’s statement.
“When I was 12 years old, while filming True Lies, I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators. Ever since, I have struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever. At the time, I shared what happened to me with my parents, two adult friends and one of my older brothers. No one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I.”
She goes onto give a graphic account of what transpired between her and the stuntman.
“I remember, so clearly 25 years later, how Joel Kramer made me feel special, how he methodically built my and my parents’ trust, for months grooming me; exactly how he 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. 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. I remember what I was wearing (my favorite white denim shorts, thankfully, secured enough for me to keep on). I remember how he laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me. 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.”
Elizabeth Dushku goes onto give an even more vivid account of what transpired at the time, offering details on what happened after the hotel room incident.
“I remember how afterwards, the taxi driver stared at me in the rear view mirror when Joel Kramer put me on his lap in the backseat and clutched me and grew aroused again; and how my eyes never left the driver’s eyes during that long ride over a Miami bridge, back to my hotel and parent. I remember how Joel Kramer grew cold with me in the ensuing weeks, how everything felt different on the set. And I remember how soon-after, when my tough adult female friend (in whom I had confided my terrible secret on the condition of a trade that she let me drive her car around the Hollywood Hills) came out to the set to visit and face him, later that very same day, by no small coincidence, I was injured from a stunt-gone-wrong on the Harrier jet. With broken ribs, I spent the evening in the hospital. 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. 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.”
It didn’t take long for Joel Kramer to respond to these allegations of sexual misconduct. And he denies any of what she says ever happened. He offers his take on the True Lies shoot.
“These are outlandish, manipulated lies. I never sexually molested her. I’m sick to my stomach. It’s not true. I think she’s making this up in her imagination. This is all lies. Lies, lies, lies. This is just crazy. I treated her like a daughter. We all looked out for her. How does a guy like me fight against something like this? I don’t know what to do. I guess I’ll have to get a lawyer and file a lawsuit against her for defamation and slander. I remember she might have gotten a little bruised, from hanging by a harness and wires during the Harrier Jet scene, but I don’t think she broke any ribs.”
Actress Eliza Dushku accused Joel Kramer of molesting her early on Saturday, and it didn’t take long for the news to spread across Hollywood. Sue Booth-Forbes didn’t waste anytime coming out in her former client’s defense. Booth-Forbes worked as Dushku’s legal guardian on True Lies, which hit theaters in 1994. Dushku played the young daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis’ characters. Dushku’s mom, Judith Ann Rasmussen, was unable to be on set with her daughter at the time of the incident, but she is also confirming Dushku’s story is true. Rasmussen is a political science professor who’s job kept her from being on set when needed.
Booth-Forbes is now the Director of Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. She had this to say in defense of her former client and the time they spent on the set of True Lies.
“Eliza Dushku is telling the truth. I was on the True Lies set for 3 weeks and reported Joel Kramer’s inappropriate sexual behavior towards 12-year-old Eliza to a person in authority. I was met with blank stares and had the sense that I wasn’t telling that person anything they didn’t already know. I tried to keep Joel away from her as did others working on the set, but because of all the stunts she had to do, Read More…
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