James Cameron Calls Eliza Dushku 'Brave' for Revealing 'Heartbreaking' Assault


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".

"Directors are historically pretty oblivious to the interpersonal things that are happening on the set because they are just focused on probably - I am one of the worst offenders of just being focused on what I'm doing creatively, but had I known about it there would have been no mercy", Cameron explained.

Cameron attended the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena on Saturday to discuss his installment of the recurring "AMC Visionaries" series. However, he praised Dushku as "very brave" for speaking out, reports The Wrap. I don't know what to do.

The Avatar director also said that if he had known about the incident, "there would have been no mercy".

Eliza alleged that when she was 12, she was "sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood's leading stunt coordinators".

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But Cameron said he doesn't see sexual harassment or assault as "a Hollywood problem, Hollywood is in a unique position of shining a spotlight on it", because prominent accusers are famous, even if they weren't at the time they were victims. This is not a reckoning for Hollywood or America; this is reckoning for the human race. "This (expletive)'s been happening for a long time".

"On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12 year old body", she wrote. Now especially, I have daughters.

In the post, Eliza Dushku claimed that Kramer "methodically" built trust with her and her parents over a matter of months, making her feel "special" before eventually inviting her back to his Miami hotel room with the promise of a swim in the pool followed by a trip out for sushi.

However, Kramer - who is now 60 - has denied the allegations, saying it is "not true".

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.

'Sharing these words, finally calling my abuser out publicly by name, brings the start of a new calm'. Eliza played the daughter of Arnold and Jamie Lee Curtis in the film and admitted she has "struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever". Kramer, reached by phone Saturday, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was "floored" by Dushku's claims, which were hitting him "like a sledgehammer".

After that encounter, she wrote, Kramer "grew cold" and "everything felt different on the set". The Wrong Turn alum was filming True Lies at the time when Joel Kramer allegedly got naked and lied on top of her. "I am angry, I am just hurt", he told Us.