‘No mercy’ for Hollywood sex abusers
DIRECTOR James Cameron has spoken out about the alleged sexual assault of then-12-year-old actress Eliza Dushku on the set of his 1994 film, True Lies - saying if he had known about it, "there would have been no mercy."
The allegations came over the weekend from the now-37-year-old actress, who says she was molested by one of the movie's stuntmen, reports the New York Post.
"Obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up and I think all the women who are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now," Cameron said while speaking at a Television Critics Association event in California over the weekend.
"I think that has been an endemic through human systems, not just Hollywood, but because Hollywood deals with women who are victims 10, 15, 20 years ago who are famous today, so they get to have a louder voice when they come forward," the filmmaker explained. "So bravo to them for doing it. And I am glad Eliza did that."
Cameron added, "But had I known about, there would have been no mercy. I have daughters. There really would be no mercy now."
It comes as Dushku's True Lies co-star Jamie Lee Curtis penned a letter saying she was "shocked and saddened" by the claims.
Curtis said that "many of us involved in True Lies were parents," including herself, director James Cameron and co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger. "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."
Dushku went public with her allegations in a lengthy Facebook post. The stuntman whom she accused, Joel Kramer, 60, has denied the claims.
"This is all vile lies," he told Us Weekly. "I never molested this young woman, ever. Who in their right mind would do that and then still work with someone another six months or seven months or however long we had left to work together, wouldn't that be a little weird?"
This story was originally published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.