Stuntman Joel Kramer Denies Eliza Dushku’s Sexual Molestation Accusations: ‘These Are Absolute Lies’ (Exclusive)

Dushku said stunt coordinator was responsible for protecting her

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Hollywood stuntman Joel Kramer vigorously denied accusations leveled at him by actress Eliza Dushku Saturday, saying he “never sexual assaulted her” and that he was “shocked.”

In lengthy Facebook post, the actress said she was filming “True Lies” when the then-36-year-old stuntman lured Dushku — who was 12 years old at the time — into his hotel room in Miami and molested her. She said that when he was “finished,” he suggested they “should be careful” not to tell anyone.

Reached by phone Saturday morning, Kramer said he did not know of the post. But after TheWrap read it to him from beginning to end, he said: “Wow. That’s news to me. I never sexually assaulted her. She’s a sweet girl. We all looked out for her, that’s surprising.”

Dushku described the scene in details:

“I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights; 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.”

“I’m just shocked,” Kramer said about the account. “I don’t know why she would say that. We took her out to dinner and we took her to our hotel for a swim at the pool.”

Dushku said Kramer called a taxi to take her back to her hotel room, where she and her parents were staying. She said she remembered keeping her eyes own the driver but that Kramer “clutched” her became aroused again.

“My eyes never left the driver’s eyes during that long drive,” she wrote.

“These are absolute lies,” Kramer said. “She said I took her home in a cab? I was the one who was driving the car. There were four or five of us in the car.”

“I’m absolutely floored,” he said.  “I don’t know what to say. I Never took her to my hotel room. I never took off her clothes.”

Dushku went on to describe how Kramer  — the man responsible for her safety on the set of James Cameron’s film — used his position as the film’s stunt coordinator to keep her quiet, publicly calling her “Jailbait” in front of his co-workers.

She said a “tough adult female friend” confronted Kramer about Dushku, one of stunts went “wrong,” putting the child actress in the hospital with broken ribs.

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

“I liked Eliza,” he said. “We took care of her. Nobody ever called her ‘Jailbait.’”

At one point Kramer scoffed at the details of the story, telling TheWrap: “That’s a pretty good memory. She could ruin my career.”

Kramer then said he had another call to take and got off the phone.

Read Dushku’s full post here.