Eliza Dushku says she was sexually assaulted during filming of True Lies when she was 12

Actress Eliza Dushku says she was sexually molested at age 12 by a stunt coordinator during production of the 1994 film "True Lies."

In a post on her Facebook account Saturday, Dushku also alleged that Joel Kramer, then 36, caused her to be injured on the set as payback for disclosing the alleged misconduct to a friend. Kramer denied the accusations as "lies" in trade publication interviews.

A Dushku representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday (local time).

"These are outlandish, manipulated lies," Kramer told the website Deadline. "I never sexually molested her. ... I think she's making this up in her imagination."

"True Lies" filmmaker James Cameron said he was unaware of what he called Dushku's "heartbreaking" experience and lauded her as "very brave" for speaking up.

"Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy," said Cameron, who was taking part in a Q&A session with TV critics Saturday to promote a new TV show. "Now, especially when I have daughters, there really is no mercy."

Dushku joins the growing ranks of those alleging sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The allegations against the movie mogul, which he has denied, and other Hollywood and media figures gave rise to the #MeToo protest movement.

In her post, Dushku said she shared what occurred at the time with her parents, two adult friends and an older brother, adding that no one "seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I."

She said the "ever growing list of sexual abuse and harassment victims who have spoken out with their truths have finally given me the ability to speak out. It has been indescribably exhausting, bottling this up inside me for all of these years."

Dushku alleged in the post that Kramer lured her to his hotel room, put her on a bed and, approaching her naked except for a "flimsy" towel, rubbed his body over hers.

When she confided to an adult female friend who then confronted him on the set, Dushku said that she suffered broken ribs "in no small coincidence" in a stunt that went awry. Kramer "was responsible for my safety" on the film, she said.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during production, but the woman who said she was serving as Dushku's guardian says that failed to protect the child actress.

Sue Booth-Forbes told Variety and Deadline that Dushku is "telling the truth." The guardian said she reported what she called Kramer's "inappropriate sexual behavior" at the time and that no action was taken by what she called "a person in authority." She did not identify the person.

The Associated Press, which does not normally identify minors who are victims of sexual abuse, is reporting Dusku's name because she has gone public with her allegations.

"True Lies," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, is one of a string of Cameron hit films that include the "Titanic" and "Avatar."

Eliza Dushku said she was allegedly sexually assaulted during filming of True Lies.
Eliza Dushku said she was allegedly sexually assaulted during filming of True Lies. Source: Twitter / @elizadushku



Drum lines set out as hunt begins for shark that attacked Kiwi girl in Queensland

Drum lines will be set after two tourists were critically injured in separate attacks at a harbour in the Whitsunday Islands in north Queensland.

A 12-year-old New Zealand girl holidaying with her father and sister received a life-threatening wound to her leg on Thursday afternoon at Cid Harbour.

Emergency services say the young girl lost a lot of blood in the Whitsunday Islands attack. Source: Breakfast

The attack came less than 24 hours after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick, 46, was also bitten on her left thigh while snorkelling in the same harbour.

The child was in a critical condition at Mackay Base Hospital but it's understood she will be transported to Brisbane for further treatment.

Ms Barwick was taken to Brisbane on Thursday and her condition has since been upgraded to stable in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Fisheries Queensland will set three baited drum lines in the harbour on Friday in a bid to catch the shark or sharks responsible.

"It is possible that there's more than one shark involved in these unfortunate events," the department's shark control program manager Jeff Krause told the ABC.

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"We don't normally go out and search for any sharks that may have been involved in a shark attack but due to the nature of these multiple attacks, Fisheries Queensland is going to deploy three drum lines in a bid to try and catch some of the sharks in that area."

Mr Krause said various types of whaler species as well as bull and tiger sharks can be found in waters around the harbour and he advised against swimming in or near Cid Harbour for the time being.

The last attack in the area was eight years ago.

Shark attack expert Daryl McPhee, from Bond University, said while the likelihood of being attacked by a shark is slim, the Great Barrier Reef has a higher population of sharks than other areas.

"That increases the chances of something happening," Associate Professor McPhee said.

"Sharks will bite things that they think are prey and sometimes they consider people prey."

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US man charged with putting daughter in game machine to steal prizes

A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler daughter into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes.

Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to hand out prizes from within the KeyMaster game.

The video then shows the toddler climbing out of the machine.

Andover Public Schools told WCVB-TV that Helinski has been placed on leave from his job as a middle school teacher.

Helinski is charged with theft, trespassing and child endangerment.

A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting the toddler into a game machine at a shopping mall and using her to steal prizes. Source: Associated Press

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New law in California limits plastic straws in restaurants

People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to ask for them under a new state law.

The law signed today by Governor Jerry Brown makes California the first US state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. It takes effect next year.300

The law doesn't ban plastic straws outright like some cities have.

Restaurants that don't comply will get two warnings before being fined up to NZ $450 per year. It will apply only to full-service restaurants, not fast food establishments.

Democratic lawmakers who support the law call it a small step toward reducing ocean pollution.

Plastic is bad, including straws, but the trouble is other options don’t always do the trick. Source: Seven Sharp

The law comes as cities and businesses around the world experiment with ditching the plastic products.

In April, 26 bars, restaurants, cafes and food trucks along Wellington's waterfront pledged to go plastic straw free.

"Our primary position is no straw if we can get away with it, but if somebody request one we will put one in the glass," Munchen Bar owner John Henderson told 1 NEWS at the time.

Businesses in Rangiora in North Canterbury have made similar moves, and politicians in the United Kingdom have announced straws will be banned there as early as next year.

Critics argue California's new law is government overreach that won't significantly improve the environment. Some say restricting straws hurts disabled people who rely on them.

Allison Franklin from Christchurch is passionate about the environment, but she also wants to use a plastic straw. Source: 1 NEWS

But straws are an eyesore that litter beaches around the world, and banning them is a step in the right direction, advocates in New Zealand agree.

"If you walk along beaches, especially Oriental Bay and Evans Bay (in Wellington), you'll see plastic straws strewn around the beaches," Oliver Vetter of Sustainable Oceans told 1 NEWS after the voluntary business ban in Wellington.

"We pick up about ten thousand straws a year just as part of our Love Your Coast program in Wellington."

Twenty-six bars, cafes, restaurants and food trucks on the waterfront are trialling a plastic straw-free future. Source: 1 NEWS


Pacific update with Barbara Dreaver: Stoush over use of bula in US, polio outbreak in PNG, and one giant fish

Pacific update with Barbara Dreaver is 1 NEWS' weekly look at the goings-on around the Pacific.

This week, we look at a stoush breaking out over the use of the word bula in the United States, the response to a polio outbreak in PNG, and a giant fish being hauled in.

Dreaver also looks at what is doing the rounds in the Pacific community on social media.

1 NEWS’ Pacific correspondent brings us the latest from around the Pacific. Source: 1 NEWS