Eliza Dushku is getting more support from her colleagues.
As we reported, the 37-year-old actress bravely opened up about the molestation she allegedly suffered at the hands of stunt coordinator Joel Kramer. Per the actress’ account of the incident, she was only 12 years old when Kramer molested her in his hotel room during production for the film True Lies.
Although Kramer has since denied the accusations, the industry vet’s on-set legal guardian for the film has released a statement corroborating Dushku’s account. In fact, Sue Booth-Forbes says she even reported the incident to production, but nothing was ever done.
Booth-Forbes wrote in her testimony:
“Eliza Dushku is telling the truth. I was her legal guardian and took seriously my need to have her in my sight at all times, which was often difficult to do. I was on the True Lies set for 3 weeks and reported Joel Kramer’s inappropriate sexual behavior towards 12-year-old Eliza to a person in authority. I was met with blank stares and had the sense that I wasn’t telling that person anything they didn’t already know. I was at the hospital and can verify that she was hurt and in pain with breaks/cracks to her ribs. Surely they have medical records somewhere to prove that.”
The Director of Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat went on:
“I tried to keep Joel away from her as did others working on the set, but because of all the stunts she had to do, he was constantly involved with her and her body. Those who knew didn’t know what to do and were far enough down the pecking order to be afraid of losing their jobs if they pressed the issue because all the power lay in the hands of those who called the shots and would stop at nothing to protect each other.”
Even all these years later, Booth-Forbes is hoping justice will be served through the current #MeToo movement:
“It has been 25 years, and I am grateful for the current efforts to stop this madness. I am so proud of Eliza for writing her eloquent, accurately detailed account of the trauma she suffered at his hands. So much about her journey since then can be explained by her feeling powerless to protect herself and prevent his abusing her. He creeped me out and sexualized everything; in fact that was the atmosphere of the set the entire time I was there. I did the only thing I knew to do then ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ report his behavior to someone with some clout, and that went nowhere. I look back now and realize that Eliza’s natural, adorable feistiness had taken on a patina of defensiveness/protectiveness for good cause.”
“This time I am refusing to allow myself to be intimidated. Joel Kramer did what Eliza said he did. He is a pedophile, and he must face the consequences.”
You can read her full statement HERE.
We acknowledge the courage of Eliza and all those with information about the incident coming forward. Speak up!
[Image via Alberto Reyes/WENN.]