New Details About The Stunt Director Who Molested 12-Year-Old 'True Lies' Actress In A Motel — And The Creepy Nickname He Gave Her

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Joel Kramer denies the allegations.

Eliza Dushku took to Facebook Saturday to expose leading stunt coordinator Joel Kramer for sexually molesting her at the age of 12.

“Why speak out now? I was 12, he was 36. It is incomprehensible,” the True Lies actress, now 37, wrote in her Facebook post.


Dushku worked with Kramer on the set of True Lies in 1994, where he quickly nicknamed the young actress “jailbait.”

Her Facebook post details how Kramer lured her to his hotel room, dimmed the lights, threw on a movie and “emerged [from the bathroom], naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section.”

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Dushku describes how he laid her on the hotel bed and he “rubbed harder and faster against my catatonic body” until he finished. He then told her to be careful about telling anyone what had happened.

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When they hopped in a cab to bring Dushku back to her parents, he put her on his lap where he “grew aroused again." Dushku said she locked eyes with the taxi driver and didn't look away from him the entire ride.

“Ever since, I have struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “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.”

The producer of the movie spoke up about the story Dushku came forward with.

“Obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up and I think all the women who are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now,” filmmaker James Cameron said Saturday while speaking at a Television Critics Association event in California.

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“I think that has been an endemic through human systems, not just Hollywood, but because Hollywood deals with women who are victims 10, 15, 20 years ago who are famous today, so they get to have a louder voice when they come forward,” the filmmaker explained. “So bravo to them for doing it. And I am glad Eliza did that.”

Cameron added, “But had I known about, there would have been no mercy. I have daughters. There really would be no mercy now.”

Kramer, 60, denied the claims.

“This is all vile lies,” Kramer told Us Weekly. “I never molested this young woman, ever. Who in their right mind would do that and then still work with someone another six months or seven months or however long we had left to work together, wouldn't that be a little weird?”

“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,” Dushku wrote. “With every person that speaks out, every banner that drops down onto my iPhone screen disclosing similar stories/truths, my resolve strengthens.”

Cameron said he doesn't believe Hollywood is the problem, but that it is in a “unique position” spotlighting social issues.

“It’s just heartbreaking that it happened to her. And I know the other party. Not well, he hasn’t worked for me since then,” Cameron said. “But the fact that this was happening under our noses and we didn’t know about, I think going forward it’s important for all industries, certainly Hollywood, to create a safe avenue for people to speak up. That they feel safe, and that anyone that might be a predator or an abuser knows that the mechanism is there and it’s encouraged and that there is no shame around it and that there will be consequences.”

Two more women have come forward with similar allegations against Kramer. One involves a 10th-grade girl who visited the set of Virus in 1997 and the other involves a woman who claims he forced her to perform oral sex on her 30 years ago. 

Kramer admitted that he had a sexual encounter with the 16-year-old friend of the 15-year-old sister of a stunt woman who worked with him on Virus. The police were called, but couldn't do anything because the age of consent where the film was being made (North Carolina) is 16. 

Dushku ended her lengthy Facebook post with positivity.

“Sharing these words, finally calling my abuser out publicly by name, brings the start of a new calm.”

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