The string of allegations against influential men in Hollywood continues into 2018, with the latest bombshell claim coming in the form of a Facebook post this week by actress Eliza Dushku.
She claimed that as a 12-year-old girl working on the set of the film “True Lies,” stunt coordinator Joel Kramer “sexually molested” her while they were in a Miami hotel room, as Decider reported.
In addressing the sensitive topic, the now-37-year-old Duskhu opened her lengthy post by acknowledging that she “struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever.”
After initially sharing the experience with a handful of individuals close to her, she explained that the groundswell of outspokenness by women in a variety of industries against sexual harassers has prompted her to make a public statement.
“It has been indescribably exhausting, bottling this up inside me for all of these years,” she wrote.
After a quarter of a century, Dushku explained that she still recalls in detail how Kramer lured her to his hotel room by promising her parents that he would let her swim in the pool. She then listed a series of specific details she said have haunted her ever since:
“I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights; how he cranked up the air-conditioning to what felt like freezing levels, where exactly he placed me on one of the two hotel room beds, what movie he put on the television (Coneheads); how he disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section. 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. 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.”
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.
After that encounter, she wrote, Kramer “grew cold” and “everything felt different on the set.”
Dushku went on to note that she broke multiple ribs during a stunt shortly thereafter — a stunt over which Kramer was responsible for ensuring safety.
“On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12 year old body,” she wrote. “My life was literally in his hands: he hung me in the open air, from a tower crane, atop an office tower, 25+ stories high. Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser.”
In addition to the encouragement she felt from other women speaking out, Dushku noted that she was further emboldened to make her claims publicly when she realized Kramer had not been “found out” and banished from Hollywood as she was previously led to believe.
“I learned recently that in fact he still works at the top of the industry,” she wrote.
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.
Kramer denied the allegations in a statement to the New York Daily News.
“I think she has just ruined my career … what’s left of it,” he said, adding that he “never ever did anything like that to her.”
Kramer, along with his wife, provided a more extensive response in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
“I’m literally twisted in knots. It’s just not true,” he said. “If this were all true, don’t you think it would’ve come to light 24 years ago?”
Susan Elmore Kramer, the stunt coordinator’s wife of 15 years, described him as “very respectful of women” in her comments to BuzzFeed.
“This is not in his character at all,” she said. “It makes no sense that this elaborate fabrication would be lobbed at him.”
[Featured image: Eliza Dushku/Associated Press]