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Eliza Dushku accuses stunt co-ord of underage sexual assault

Eliza Dushku as Echo in Dollhouse. Picture: Supplied
Eliza Dushku as Echo in Dollhouse. Picture: Supplied

ELIZA Dushku has accused a stunt co-ordinator of molesting her while filming when she was 12.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the actress, now 37, detailed how Joel Kramer, 60, a "leading" fixture in the business, established a rapport with Dushku and her parents before sexually abusing her while working together on the 1994 action-comedy film.

Eliza Dushku alleges she was sexually assaulted while working on the film True Lies in 1994. Picture: Supplied
Eliza Dushku alleges she was sexually assaulted while working on the film True Lies in 1994. Picture: Supplied

"I remember, so clearly 25 years later, how Joel Kramer made me feel special, how he methodically built my and my parents' trust, for months grooming me; exactly how he lured me to his Miami hotel room with a promise to my parent that he would take me for a swim at the stunt crew's hotel pool and for my first sushi meal thereafter," she wrote on Saturday.

Dushku, who is now engaged, vividly described that once the then-36-year-old brought her to the room he turned down the lights, put on a movie, and went to the bathroom from which we emerged naked, "bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section."

Eliza Dushku in Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 2003, nine years after the alleged assault. Picture: Supplied
Eliza Dushku in Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 2003, nine years after the alleged assault. Picture: Supplied

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress then claimed that he "wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me," while she laid still.

According to Dushku "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,'" and then suggested they keep the encounter quiet.

While on set for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Kramer was responsible for making sure her stunts went smoothly.

Eliza Dushku as Echo in Dollhouse, 2008.  Picture: FOX
Eliza Dushku as Echo in Dollhouse, 2008. Picture: FOX

"On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12-year-old body. My life was literally in his hands: he hung me in the open air, from a tower crane, atop an office tower, 25-plus stories high. Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser."

Dushku said that she's coming forward with her story years later thanks to the victims who have spoken out amid the accusations of sexual misconduct that have rocked Hollywood.

This story first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.

Topics:  arnold schwarzenegger eliza dushku hollywood sexual assault

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