Since Watertown native Eliza Dushku wrote in a Jan. 13 Facebook post that she was molested at age 12 by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer during the production of “True Lies,” a number of celebrities have voiced their support for the actress. Additionally, two stuntwomen have come forward with their own allegations against Kramer.
“True Lies” actor Tom Arnold tweeted on Sunday that he, the film’s director James Cameron, and co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis would have done something if they had known what had happened.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) January 14, 2018
“Tom, you bet your a** all of us would have done something,” Schwarzenegger responded in his own tweet the following day. “I’m shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her – beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous.”
Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her – beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous. https://t.co/EJJbkdior2
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 16, 2018
Curtis penned an essay for the Huffington Post titled “Truth and Lies,” published Sunday, in which she said that Dushku privately told her about Kramer’s alleged misconduct a few years ago.
“What allegedly happened to Eliza, away from the safety net of all of us and our purview is a terrible, terrible thing to learn about and have to reconcile,” Curtis wrote. “The truth will set us all free. 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.”
During a Q&A session with TV critics on Saturday, Cameron said he was unaware of Dushku’s “heartbreaking” experience and said the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star is “very brave” for speaking up.
“Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy,” Cameron said. “Now, especially when I have daughters, there really is no mercy.”
Kramer, a prolific stunt coordinator who has worked on more than 90 films including “Blade Runner 2049,” “Furious 7,” and “Central Intelligence,” denied Dushku’s allegations to Deadline, calling them “outlandish, manipulated lies.”
“I never sexually molested her,” Kramer said. “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.”
Following Dushku’s post, two professional stuntwomen came forward with additional allegations against Kramer, who was reportedly dropped as a client by his talent agency, Worldwide Production Agency, on Sunday.
Laura Albert, a stuntwoman who worked with Kramer on both “True Lies” and 1999’s “Virus,” told Deadline that she invited her sister and her sister’s friend, then 15 and 16, respectively, to visit her on the set of “Virus” in Wilmington, North Carolina. Albert said that Kramer invited the two girls to the hotel pool, where he exposed himself. Albert said her sister left the pool, but Kramer, who was 39 at the time, later had sex with her sister’s friend.
Kramer admitted to having a sexual encounter with the girl, but disputed several elements of Albert’s story. He said that he and the girl did not have intercourse, and he did not know her age at the time. The age of consent in North Carolina is 16.
“Yes, I absolutely almost made a huge mistake with the girl from the Wilmington shoot, as I said, I won’t lie about it,” Kramer told Deadline.
In the same Deadline article, a second stuntwoman who wished to remain anonymous said that Kramer sexually assaulted her in the late ’70s or early ’80s. According to the woman, she and a group of stunt people had gotten together for a drink, and when the group decided to move to a second location, she and Kramer carpooled together. During the drive to the second location, the woman said that Kramer drove to a remote area and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Kramer denied these allegations to Deadline, calling them “fabricated.”
“It saddens me that now people will use me as their target of opportunity,” Kramer said. “Please do not take these at face value. I am sorry for this witch hunt.”