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Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is “shocked and saddened” to learn of Eliza Dushku’s alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.
The action star, who toplined James Cameron’s 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time “you bet your ass all of us would have done something.” Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.
Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and saddened for Eliza but I am also proud of her – beyond being a great talent and an amazing woman, she is so courageous. https://t.co/EJJbkdior2
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 16, 2018
Schwarzenegger’s tweet was in response to one from castmate Tom Arnold, who had written that the actors and director Cameron would have done something had they known about the alleged assault.
Dushku on Saturday accused True Lies stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of assault in a lengthy Facebook post. The actress claimed she was “sexually molested” by the then-36-year-old after he “lured” her to his hotel room during production. Dushku was 12 at the time.
Since the allegations became public, True Lies star Jamie Lee Curtis wrote an essay for the Huffington Post addressing the subject. “We have all started to awaken to the fact that the terrible abuses now commonplace in daily news reports have been going on for a very long time. Unconscionably, those reports frequently come along with claims by the perpetrators that, as adults, those perpetrated against had some part in it. Eliza’s story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children,” the actress wrote.
Cameron has also publicly commented on the allegations. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour to support AMC’s Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, he said, “Eliza is very brave for speaking up. I think all the women are that are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now. I think this has been endemic throughout human systems, not just Hollywood.”
Added Cameron, “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. Bravo for them for doing it and I’m glad Eliza did that. It’s just heartbreaking that it happened to her.”
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