Arnold Schwarzenegger 'shocked and saddened' by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' assault claims

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.

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 (Jan. 13) 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.

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263690 03: Actress Eliza Dushku stands at a charity benefit screening of her movie 'Race the Sun' March 16, 1996 in New York City. The movie is a fictionalized account of the exploits of a Hawaiian high school in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
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Eliza Dushku during The 1999 MTV Movie Awards at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Eliza Dushku during 'Election' Los Angeles Premiere at Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 18: Eliza Dushku attends the premiere of 'Ghost World' on July 18, 2001 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Eliza Dushku during Motorola Hosts Fourth Annual Holiday Party - Arrivals at The Lot in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 21: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the film premiere of All The Queen's Men at the ArcLight Cinemas on October 21, 2002 in Hollywood, California. All The Queen's Men opens nationally on October 25, 2002 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 26: Eliza Dushku attends the premiere of 'City By The Sea' on August 26, 2002 at Union Square Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 15: Eliza Dushku attends Opening of New Play 'Dog Sees God' at The Century Center for the performing Arts on December 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: UGLY BETTY - 'Giving Up the Ghost' - A Wilhelmina-induced crisis at Mode finds everyone scrambling to re-create an issue on deadline. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as Daniel and Betty try to break wild child cover girl (Eliza Dushku as Cameron Ashlock) out of rehab for a re-shoot, and Alexis tries to charm the printer (guest star David J. Steinberg) into extending their time. Meanwhile, Betty struggles with an unwelcome (and persistent) visitor who hopes to goad her into making good on a promise, on 'Ugly Betty,' THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Karen Neal/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Eliza Dushku arrives at the The 59th Primetime EMMY Awards TV Guide After Party at Les Deux on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Eliza Dushku arrives at US Weekly's Hot Hollywood 2009 Voyeur on November 18, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the Breeders' Cup Winners Circle Event held at ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE on November 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Eliza Dushku arrives at the 2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on December 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Eliza Dushku attends the launch of 'The Beauty Book For Brain Cancer' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the New York screening of 'MikeyBoy The Movie' at AMC Theater on November 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Actress Eliza Dushku arrives at Project Angel Food's Annual Angel Awards 2013 honoring Jane Lynch held at Project Angel Food on August 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the premiere of 'Be Here Now' from Silver Lining Entertainment at UTA Theater on April 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 02: Actress Eliza Dushku at the UNICEF Children's Champion Award Dinner Honoring Pedro and Carolina Martinez and Kaia Miller Goldstein at The Castle at Park Plaza on June 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for UNICEF)
NEW YORK - APRIL 4: 'Welcome Back, Dr. Bull'-- Bull makes a deal with top criminal attorney J.P. Nunnelly (guest star Eliza Dushku) to defend Benny when he goes to trial for misconduct in a case related to his former career with the District Attorney's office, on BULL, Tuesday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Eliza Dushku as J.P. Nunnelly and Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 4: 'Welcome Back, Dr. Bull'-- Bull makes a deal with top criminal attorney J.P. Nunnelly (guest star Eliza Dushku) to defend Benny when he goes to trial for misconduct in a case related to his former career with the District Attorney's office, on BULL, Tuesday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Eliza Dushku as J.P. Nunnelly (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
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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." Kramer, who has denied the allegations, was dropped by his agent at Worldwide Production Agency on Sunday (Jan. 14).

 

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