Eliza Dushku is the latest actress to come forward to share her story of sexual abuse, revealing in a candid Facebook post that she was just 12 years old when she was “sexually molested” by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer while filming “True Lies”, in which she played the daughter of star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character.
In her shocking post, shared on Saturday, Dushku, 37, admits that she’s struggled with how to share her story, or if she ever would. “I am grateful to the women and men who have gone before me in recent months,” she stated. “The ever-growing list of sexual abuse and harassment victims who have spoken out with their truths have finally given me the ability to speak out.”
In her statement, the former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star alleges that Kramer (then 36) gradually gained her trust, and the trust of her parents, over time. The alleged incident took place when Kramer invited her to go for a swim, and she joined him in his Miami hotel room.
It was at this point, she alleges, that Kramer “methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights” before “he disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section.”
All these years later, she can still remember vivid details. “I remember what I was wearing (my favourite 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. I was 12. He was 36,” 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.”
She continues: “Why didn’t an adult on the set find his predatory advances strange — that over-the-top special attention he gave me. Fairly early on he nicknamed me ‘Jailbait’ and brazenly called me by this name in a sick flirty way in front of others (at the time, I remember asking one of my older brothers what it meant). Sure, I’ve come to understand the terrible power dynamics that play into whistle-blowing by ‘subordinates’ against persons in power, how difficult it can be for someone to speak up. But I was a child. Over the years I’ve really struggled as I’ve wondered how my life might have been different if someone, any one grown-up who witnessed his sick ways, had spoken up before he lured me to that hotel room.”
She concludes: “Hollywood has been very good to me in many ways. Nevertheless, Hollywood also failed to protect me, a child actress… I hope that speaking out will help other victims and protect against future abuse… Sharing these words, finally calling my abuser out publicly by name, brings the start of a new calm.”
Kramer called Dushku’s allegations “atrocious lies” in a recent statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
He confirms he spent time with Dushku, but never without another party present. Kramer said he was informed by an assistant on set that 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. Something set her off somewhere.”
“I’m not even angry, I’m just so hurt,” said Kramer, revealing he has already received death threats as a result of the accusations against him. “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.”
You can read Dushku’s Facebook post in its entirety below: