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


True Lies director James Cameron said if he knew about Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual molestation by his stunt coordinator, "there would have been no mercy".

Eliza Dushku has accused a stunt coordinator on "True Lies" of molesting her at age 12 during production of the film.

Kramer, she alleged, was 36 when he built up the trust of her parents before he "lured" her into his Miami hotel room and attacked her. Kramer has since denied the allegations.

During an appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, Cameron said he "hadn't given a lot of thought" to the situation, which only came to light hours before. I haven't given a lot of thought to the specific situation today - I just heard about it, but obviously Eliza is very courageous for speaking up.

"She said, 'Look, Eliza has a big crush on you, she is always asking me, 'Oh, I bet Joel is dating all the women, ' 'I bet Joel is screwing a lot of women, ' so I said then we have to be careful with this one", he told Us.

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She says he went into the bathroom and came out with a small hand towel over his genitals and then laid her down on the bed and got on top of her and rubbed against her until he climaxed. "He hasn't worked for me since then", Cameron said, according to the Times report. Now especially that I have daughters, there'd really be no mercy now. And that anybody who might be a predator or abuser knows that that mechanism is there and that it's encouraged [that victims come forward] and there's no shame around it and that there will be consequences [for the perpetrators]. I don't think this is a Hollywood problem.

In an open letter on her social media account, Eliza claimed she was "groomed" by the stunt expert for months before going to his hotel room, where he "rubbed" his near-naked body against her. "This is not a reckoning for Hollywood, it's not just a reckoning for America, it's a reckoning for the human race". The actress added that on the way back to her parents, he pulled her onto his lap during a taxi ride, but grew "cold" to her in subsequent encounters.

"It has been indescribably exhausting, bottling this up inside me for all of these years", she wrote. He said it's clear that her claims are merely not true. "I don't ever remember being alone with her. I guess I'll have to get a lawyer and file a lawsuit against her for defamation and slander".

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.

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've never gotten anybody hurt".