True Lies director James Cameron has responded to Eliza Dushku's allegation that she was molested by stuntman Joel Kramer on the set of the 1994 film.
During a speaking appearance at a Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, California, Cameron said he was unaware of what had allegedly happened between a 12-year-old Dushku and Kramer.
"Directors are historically pretty oblivious to the inter-personal things that are happening on the set, because they’re focused on what they’re doing creatively," he said. "But had I known about there would have been no mercy. I have daughters. There really would be no mercy now."
Cameron also praised Dushku for sharing her story.
"Eliza is very brave for speaking up," he said. "It’s just heartbreaking that it happened to her."
On Saturday, Jan. 13, Dushku penned a detailed Facebook post accusing Kramer of using his position and power on set to molest her. As stuntman, he was often in close quarters with the young star.
"I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights," Dushku described. "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."
Kramer has since denied the allegations, telling Variety Dushku's story is "absolutely not true."
After addressing Dushku's experience, Cameron lauded the #MeToo movement, and acknowledged "all the women who are speaking up and calling for a reckoning." He also emphasized the importance of "all industries, certainly Hollywood, [creating] a safe avenue for people to speak up."
"I don’t think this is a Hollywood problem," he said, going on to state "Hollywood is in a unique position of shining a spotlight on it, as Hollywood has done on a lot of social issues. It’s one of the things we do and do well."