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January 13, 2018

Eliza Dushku’s ‘True Lies’ Legal Guardian On Actress’ Sexual Assault Allegations: “She Is Telling the Truth”

Actress Eliza Dushku earlier today accused famed stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexually molesting her when she was 12 years old during filming of True Lies. Her claims, denied by Kramer, are being backed by Sue Booth-Forbes, who was Dushku’s legal guardian on the set of the film.

Dushku’s mother, Judith Ann Rasmussen, also confirmed Dushku’s story in a Facebook post. A political science professor, her job prevented her from accompanying her daughter. In True Lies, Dushku played the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis’ characters.

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Booth-Forbes, now Director of Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat, provided her account to Deadline that supports Dushku’s accusations against Kramer. “Eliza Dushku is telling the truth,” said Booth-Forbes who added that she was on the set of True Lies for three weeks and reported Kramer’s misconduct but nothing happened. She also said that she unsuccessfully tried to keep Kramer away from the young actress. Booth-Forbes accompanied Dushku to the hospital after a stunt accident had left her with broken ribs.

In her post, former Dollhouse star Dushku claims that, soon after Kramer had assaulted her in a hotel room, she suffered broken ribs in a stunt gone wrong under Kramer’s supervision. He alleges that the mishap had only left the actress a “little bruised.”

Booth-Forbes hails her former charge for speaking out and becoming part of the force behind Hollywood’s reckoning on sexual misconduct.

“May Eliza be believed and supported and may her courage in telling her truth make a contribution to the sea change that is in progress,” Booth-Forbes said.

In her emotional post, Buffy The Vampire alumna Dushku details the alleged sexual assault by Kramer and talks about the impact it has had on her and the role played by the people in power who could’ve prevented it but didn’t. “Hollywood has been very good to me in many ways,” she wrote. “Nevertheless, Hollywood also failed to protect me, a child actress.”

 Here is Booth-Forbes’ testimony:

Eliza Dushku is telling the truth.

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 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.

That was years ago when that power structure was the norm, and the bullies were in charge. Only now does it appear that women and men know what to do and are doing it. May Eliza be believed and supported and may her courage in telling her truth make a contribution to the sea change that is in progress.

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