Eliza Dushku has added her own story to the #MeToo movement, and it's something that will stay with you for a while. In a lengthy Facebook post, Dushku accused stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of molesting her when she was 12-years-old while working on True Lies.
After detailing the grooming behavior Kramer engaged in with her and her parents, Dushku recounted the night she found herself alone in a hotel room with Kramer.
"I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights," Dushku wrote, "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."
According to Dushku, an older, female friend whom she confided in came to set one day to confront him. Later that same day, Dushku found herself the victim of a stunt-gone-wrong, leaving her with three broken ribs. She lamented the "Jailbait" nickname Kramer gave her, and expressed anger and regret at the fact that no one on set spoke up about behavior that should have been alarming to people who saw it on a daily basis.
Dushku says she recently found a picture of Kramer with his arm around a young girl on the internet, which pushed her to come forward. The fact that Kramer is still getting big projects in the industry (most recently on Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek: Discovery and Westworld) incensed her enough to tell her story.
"Hollywood has been very good to me in many ways. Nevertheless, Hollywood also failed to protect me, a child actress... I hope that speaking out will help other victims and protect against future abuse," Dushku wrote.
Fox has recently recruited James Cameron to adapt True Lies for television, with Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim penning the script. There's no telling if these accusations will have any effect on the future of the series.
UPDATE: Kramer, speaking to The Wrap, denies the allegations. "Wow. That's news to me. I never sexually assaulted her," Kramer said. "She's a sweet girl. We all looked out for her, that's surprising." He denied the events in the hotel room or that he took Dushku back to her parents' hotel room in a cab.
"These are absolute lies," Kramer said. "She said I took her home in a cab? I was the one who was driving the car. There were four or five of us in the car...That's a pretty good memory. She could ruin my career."