Actress Eliza Dushku has come forward with allegations that the stunt coordinator on James Cameron‘s 1994 film True Lies molested her when she was 12 years old.
Trigger warning- she posted her account of the alleged incident on her facebook page, and it’s not pretty, so be aware if you chose to read it. The actress claims that Joel Kramer sexually assaulted her during filming, going so far as to claim he had groomed her and her parents to allow such things to happen.
Kramer responded through Variety, saying the allegations were “absolutely not true”. He followed that up by saying “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?”
Since the allegations hit the media, James Cameron has responded to the situation during his time at the TCA winter press tour saying:
Obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up. I think all the women are who are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now. I think this has been endemic throughout human systems, not just Hollywood. Because Hollywood deals with—women who were victims 10, 15, 20 years ago are famous today so they get to have a louder voice when they come forward so bravo for them for doing it. And I’m glad Eliza did it.
And just this afternoon, True Lies star Jamie Lee Curtis has commented on the situation too, writing an op-ed piece on Huffington Post titled “Truth And Lies“. She speaks about the level of ‘trust’ given to stunt coordinators on set, bringing up her own experience of dangling under a helicopter during the film. She also dives into her experience playing ‘mom’ to notable young actors and actresses across her career, pointing out that they are still young performers:
All of us must take some responsibility that the loose and relaxed camaraderie that we share with our young performers has carried with it a misguided assumption that they are adults in an adult world, capable of making adult choices.
“The truth will set us all free,” Curtis continued. “Hopefully that freedom will bring a new ability to call out abuse and, when that abuse occurs, to have swift and consistent action, so that no one again will have to wait 25 years for their truth to be heard.”
The Hollywood Reporter has since reported that Worldwide Production Agency (WPA) has since dropped Kramer as a client.
“WPA has elected to part ways with Joel Kramer based on the allegations of misconduct now being reported,” WPA President Richard Caleel said to THR. “Such behavior is unacceptable and entirely at odds with the the standards of conduct we demand of ourselves, and expect from our clients.”
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