Stunt Coordinator Joel Kramer Dropped From Agency After Eliza Dushku Allegations
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Joel Kramer has been dropped by his agency in the wake of Eliza Dushku's molestation allegations.
The actress accused Kramer of molesting her when she was filming True Lies at age 12. Kramer, who worked a stunt coordinator on the 1994 film, has denied her claims.
In a statement to ET on Monday, however, Richard Caleel, president of Kramer's agency, Worldwide Production Agency, revealed that they will no longer represent him.
"WPA has elected to part ways with Joel Kramer based on the allegations of misconduct now being reported," Caleel says. "Such behavior is unacceptable and entirely at odds with the the standards of conduct we demand of ourselves, and expect from our clients."
Kramer, meanwhile, continues to deny that he molested Dushku, who has received support from True Lies co-stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold, as well as director James Cameron.
"These accusations are entirely untrue. While filming True Lies I treated Ms. Dushku with respect and was protective of her safety and welfare as is appropriate to my position as a stunt coordinator. A film crew is like a family, and Eliza was always treated and protected as a member of the family. I never behaved in any way inappropriately with her. I was never in a position where I was alone with her and even while working with her on set her female stunt double was always there to help her into her harness, offer support and ensure her well being," Kramer said in a statement to E! News. "While it is true that Ms. Dushku did come swimming with several of the stunt crew at our hotel and afterwards had sushi with us, again we were not alone and I did not 'lure her to my hotel room.' We as a 'family' were including Ms. Dushku in our group to make her feel welcome and included. These allegations are a well-crafted fabrication by Ms. Dushku. I do not understand what motivated Ms. Dushku to make this statement and I hope that she can find it in her conscience to correct this injustice and return my good name to me."
"I understand the culture in Hollywood has been historically unfair to women and I applaud and support women who are standing up and pointing out these injustices. It is unfortunate, however that this new culture allows a person to destroy the life and livelihood of a person with false accusations," he continued. "This false accusation has subjected my family and me to death treats and will devastate my livelihood even when proven to be false. In truth, innocence in fact is not enough to clear a person's name in the minds on the world. This action can also only undermine the suffering of women who have had to deal with unjust treatment."
See more on Dushku's allegations in the video below.