'Avatar' Director James Cameron Responds to Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Molestation Allegations

James Cameron backs Eliza Dushku 'brave' for going public True Lies sexual abuse claims

Eliza Dushku says she was sexually assaulted by a stunt coordinator working on the Arnold Schwarzenegger film True Lies when she was only 12 years old, TMZ reports.

But the conversation took a more serious turn when he was asked about Dushku's Facebook post published early Saturday morning that detailed alleged misconduct by the film's stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer, when she was 12 years old.

She also alleged she was left with broken ribs after a stunt went wrong, shortly after a "strong adult" friend confronted Kramer about her allegations.

She said that after the incident, Kramer, who nicknamed her "jailbait" on set, became "cold" around her. Less that 24 hours later, True Lies director James Cameron took the stage at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to promote his new AMC series James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction.

"Obviously, Eliza is very courageous for speaking up and I think all the women who are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now [are]".

Director James Cameron applauded actress Eliza Dushku for coming forward with allegations she was molested on one of his films but says "there would have been no mercy" if he had been aware of the incident. "You can talk to the stunt committee, I am getting texts right now saying, 'We know you and we know this is not you.' I mean, I am getting hate emails, my agent is getting hate emails, then the trolls out there, who knows what people will do? Now, especially that I have daughters, there's really no mercy".


Cameron said that he remembered Kramer, yet hasn't worked with him since. That they feel safe and that nyone who might be a predator or an abuser knows that mechanism is there and that it's encouraged. "At the time, Eliza was too scared to tell the whole story and in a way I think she protected me from knowing because she knew how frightened I was of the powerful men on the set". I think we all collectively, just as a human race, have to do that.

She wrote that Kramer later "grew aroused again" during a cab ride back home, during which he allegedly grabbed her and sat her on his lap.

The 37-year-old took to Facebook today and said she struggled to reveal the incident because of its awful nature. It's not true. I think she's making this up in her imagination.

As Deadline Hollywood reported, Dushku's mother, Judith Ann Rasmussen, and her legal guardian on the set of "True Lies", Sue Booth-Forbes, have both independently corroborated her claims.

She wrote: '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. And I'm glad Eliza did that. "I've never gotten anybody hurt".

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