James Cameron says Eliza Dushku is brave for speaking up about an alleged molestation that occurred on the set of “True Lies” when the actress was 12-years-old, and says “Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy.”
The iconic director was at a Television Critics Association event Saturday in Pasadena when he was asked about Dushku revealing stunt coordinator Joel Kramer allegedly molested her while working on the 1994 action flick.
“Eliza is very brave for speaking up, and I think all the women are that are speaking out and calling for a reckoning now,” Cameron said, adding “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 —certainly Hollywood — to create a safe avenue for people to speak up.”
In a more passionate stance, Cameron also said, “Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy. Now, especially. I have daughters. There’s really no mercy now.”
For his part, Joel Kramer has also responded and calls Dushku’s allegations “vile lies,” according to US Weekly. The stunt coordinator is adamant, “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?”
Kramer says he is considering taking legal action against the 37-year-old actress.