Eliza Dushku claims a top Hollywood stunt coordinator molested her when she was a 12 year old working on the film “True Lies” — an accusation the stuntman, Joel Kramer, was “flabbergasted” to hear.
Dushku, who starred in the flick that filmed in Miami, Fla., alleged on Facebook that Kramer, now 60, lured her into his hotel room after promising her a swim at the hotel pool where the crew was staying. What she claims happened next was that he drew the shades in the room, exited the bathroom naked with only a small hand towel covering his privates and then rubbed himself all over her “catatonic body” until he “finished.”
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
Kramer, who doesn’t have a Facebook account, learned of Dushku’s post hours later and was read the entire story over the phone.
He told the Daily News that he was “absolutely astoundingly flabbergasted” to hear the accusations and declared it was not true.
Actress Eliza Dushku wrote a long Facebook post accusing stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of molesting her when she was 12.
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“I don’t know where this comes from. I am absolutely floored, she was a sweet kid I am absolutely in shock right now,” he said, adding he was shaking because he was so upset. “I don’t know why she would do this to me. It is not true.”
“What person in their right mind would do that to a minor on a film set I’m working on,” he continued.
Dushku’s account went into further detail about riding in a taxi cab back to her hotel with Kramer, where he placed her on his lap and “grew aroused again.”
She also recalled a sushi dinner that was promised to her after the swim, which Kramer said did happen with fellow members of the stunt crew.
He also confirmed she did come to the pool at the hotel, but that the entire crew always treated her like family, adding that maybe she built something up in her own head against him.
“If I remember correctly she wasn’t that far away, all of us were at one hotel and her and her parents were at another and she came over one afternoon swimming. That was that,” he explained.
“It’s something I would never do,” he reiterated to The News.
Kramer said the taxi cab ride she recalled never happened.
“I was the one driving the car — the company provides me with a car. What the hell is she talking about it,” he questioned.
“Absolutely crazy,” he continued. “I just don’t understand it. Be nice to somebody, treat them good and this is what happens.”
When asked why Dushku would make up such a detailed account of his actions, Kramer told The News, “it’s almost over detailed.”
The “Bring It On” actress also noted that people on set were aware of his behavior because he nicknamed her “jailbait” — Kramer denied ever using the nickname.
“Why speak out now? I was 12, he was 36. It is incomprehensible. Why didn’t an adult on the set find his predatory advances strange — that over-the-top special attention he gave me,” Dushku wrote.
The 37-year-old actress also claimed after the hotel incident Kramer treated her differently, and she ended up with broken ribs from one her stunts.
“Us not looking for out her is complete bulls–t,” Kramer told The News.
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He did, however, say he was told by the set nurse that Dushku had a crush on him, and he said he had to be “really careful around her.”
Kramer did not say if he would pursue legal action, he told The News that he just “wouldn’t know where to go from here.”
“I think she has just ruined my career … what’s left of it,” he said. “I never ever did anything like that to her.”
Kramer said he started working as a stuntman and coordinator in 1979. He most recently worked on “Blade Runner 2049,” “Westworld” and “Star Trek,” the TV series.
Dushku wrote in her post that she heard rumors he was forced to leave the business amid additional accusations.
Eliza Dushku attends the world premiere of “True Lies” on July 12, 1994, at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, Calif.
Kramer said he’s never heard anything like this alleged against him previously.
“Hollywood has been very good to me in many ways. Nevertheless, Hollywood also failed to protect me, a child actress. I like to think of myself as a tough Boston chick,” Dushku concluded.
“Through the years, brave fans have regularly shared with me how some of my characters have given them the conviction to stand up to their abusers. Now it is you who give me strength and conviction. I hope that speaking out will help other victims and protect against future abuse.”
“True Lies” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Art Malik, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Arnold took to Twitter on Saturday to stand by Dushku.
“Of course i believe @elizadushku,” he wrote.
Source: Ny Daily News