‘There would have been no mercy’: James Cameron defends Eliza Dushku amid allegations of child sex assault on set of his movie

James Cameron has spoken out in support of Eliza Dushku, who came forward with allegations she was sexually assaulted as a minor while filming Cameron’s 1994 film True Lies.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Dushku, now 37, claims she was molested by the film’s stunt coordinator Joel Kramer when she was only 12 years old. She posted a detailed account of the alleged incident on her Facebook page on January 13, describing a disturbing scene in Kramer’s hotel room in which he allegedly stripped naked and laid a terrified Dushku on the bed, writhing on top of her.

“It has been indescribably exhausting, bottling this up inside me for all of these years,” Dushku wrote in the post.

Both Dushku’s mother Judith Ann Rasmussen and her legal guardian on the set of the film, Sue-Booth Forbes, have both corroborated the shocking claims.

“I was on the True Lies set for three weeks and reported Joel Kramer’s inappropriate sexual behavior towards 12-year-old Eliza to a person in authority,” Forbes told the Hollywood Reporter.

“I was met with blank stares and had the sense that I wasn’t telling that person anything they didn’t already know.”

In a statement obtained by the New York Daily News, Kramer denied the charges. He has since been dropped by his Hollywood agent. 

Cameron has responded to the chilling accusations while speaking at a Television Critics Association event.

“Obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up”, Cameron reportedly said, adding that he didn’t know about the alleged incident during filming.

“Had I known about (it) there would have been no mercy. I have daughters. There really would be no mercy now.”

Jamie Lee Curtis, who played Dushku’s mother in True Lies, wrote a lengthy essay responding to the allegations for the Huffington Post.

“I was shocked and saddened then and still am today,” Curtis wrote.

“Eliza’s story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children.”

On Twitter, True Lies costar Tom Arnold also showed his support for Dushku.


[Feature image: Associated Press/Eliza Dushku; James Cameron]