Jamie Lee Curtis has responded to her former co-star Eliza Dushku’s claims that she was molested on the set of True Lies back in 1994.
The 59-year-old penned an essay for The Huffington Post on Sunday, which she titled “Truth and Lies”.
Eliza, who played Jamie Lee’s on-screen daughter in True Lies, has claimed that stuntman Joel Kramer molested her on the set of the film when she was just 12 years old. Kramer has denied these allegations.
In her essay, Jamie Lee noted, “[Eliza] had shared that story with me privately a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened then and still am today.”
The actress also shared a photo of Joel Kramer holding her hand as she dangled in the air off a helicopter.
“What compounds the difficulty here is that the stunt coordinator in question was literally in charge of our lives, our safety,” she wrote alongside the picture. “Stunts always require an enormous amount of trust and on that movie in particular we all were often suspended by a wire, holding onto the hand of the man who is now being accused of abuse.”
She also explained the blurred lines when it came to child and adult relationships on the set of films.
“All of us must take some responsibility that the loose and relaxed camaraderie that we share with our young performers has carried with it a misguided assumption that they are adults in an adult world, capable of making adult choices,” she wrote.
“Many of us involved in True Lies were parents. Jim [James Cameron], Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and myself. Parents of daughters. What allegedly happened to Eliza, away from the safety net of all of us and our purview is a terrible, terrible thing to learn about and have to reconcile.”
“The truth will set us all free. Hopefully that freedom will bring a new ability to call out abuse and, when the abuse occurs, to have swift and consistent action, so that no one again will have to wait 25 years for their truth to be heard,” she added.
Meanwhile, director James Cameron responded to Eliza’s claims at the Television Critics Association press tour for his series, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.
“Eliza is very brave for speaking up, and I think all the women that are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now [are brave],” he said.
“I know the other party, not well, he hasn’t worked for me since then, but the fact that this was happening under our noses, and we didn’t know about it. I think going forward it’s important for all industries, and certainly Hollywood, to create a safe avenue for people to speak up, that they feel safe and that anybody that might be a predator or an abuser knows that that mechanism is there, that it’s encouraged and there’s no shame around it and there will be consequences,” he added.
In a statement to Deadline, the accused Joel Kramer said, “These are outlandish manipulated lies. I never sexually molested her. I’m sick to my stomach. It’s not true. I think she’s making this up in her imagination. This is all lies. Lies, lies, lies. I treated her like a daughter. We all looked out for her.”