Jamie Lee Curtis: Eliza Dushku Has “Awakened Us From Denial Slumber”
January 14, 2018
Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred as the mother of Eliza Dushku’s character in 1994’s True Lies, says Dushku shared her story of sexual abuse with Curtis “privately a few years ago,” and that the older actress “was shocked and saddened then and still am today.”
In a column written for the Huffington Post today, Curtis writes, “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.”
Dushku revealed her allegations in a Facebook post yesterday, accusing True Lies stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexually molesting her during the shoot. Dushku was 12, Kramer, who has denied the allegations, was 36.
Curtis, who co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Dushku character’s parents, writes, “I have pretended to be the mother of young actors for a long time. Even at 19, when I was in the original ‘Halloween,’ I was the babysitter to then-child actor, Kyle Richards. After I hit the mom-in-movies age, I have pretended to be the mom of the future Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and have worked with numerous other young actors, including Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, and Lindsay Lohan.
“It is a complicated relationship working with children as they are being asked to do adult work with you in an adult field, surrounded by hundreds of adults who want them to perform for them, and yet are still inherently children. I have wrestled with my role as a mentor, colleague, surrogate, and friend, and each relationship is individual and unique. Are we really friends? Are we work mates? Children are not mature enough to recognize that subtle difference.”