Cameron appeared before press Saturday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour to support AMC's Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction. In a lengthy statement on her Facebook page, the Buffy alum detailed being sexually molested by Hollywood stunt coordinator Joel Kramer on the set of 1994 film.
In response, Kramer denied the charges and said he and his wife were "taken aback" by her claims.
Cameron called it "heartbreaking that it happened to her" on his film.
"I haven't given a lot of thought to this specific situation because I just heard about".
"She said, 'Look, Eliza has a big crush on you, she is always asking me, 'Oh, I bet Joel is dating all the women, ' 'I bet Joel is screwing a lot of women, ' so I said then we have to be careful with this one", he told Us. The director went on to note that he had not worked with Kramer since "True Lies" and acknowledged the need for an open and supportive system to report such misconduct.
"I know the other party", he said in an apparent reference to Kramer, "not well; he hasn't worked for me since then". "No one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I". "I think going froward 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".
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But Cameron said he doesn't see sexual harassment or assault as "a Hollywood problem, Hollywood is in a unique position of shining a spotlight on it", because prominent accusers are famous, even if they weren't at the time they were victims. I think we all collectively, just as the human race, have to do that.
Directors are historically pretty oblivious to the interpersonal things that are happening on their set.
Kramer quickly released a statement to Deadline, pronouncing Eliza's accusations "outlandish, manipulated lies" and continuing, "I never sexually molested her". Now especially that I have daughters, there'd really be no mercy now.
Dushku, who is from Watertown, was filming the movie "True Lies" 25 years ago when the alleged incident occurred in a Miami hotel room, she said.
Kramer, whose recent credits include Star Trek: Discovery, Blade Runner 2049, Westworld and Furious 7, denied Dushku's allegations. "Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser".
In 2011, when addressing the wide-spread rumor of a planned True Lies sequel (that has since been turned into a TV project), Dushku expressed interest in returning to the franchise that launched her career.