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Eliza Dushku: I Was Molested While Filming True Lies When I Was 12 Years Old

Yet another celebrity has come forward with a story of sexual abuse she suffered while working in the entertainment industry.

How tragic is it that we’re no longer shocked by stories like these?

For the past several months now, people have been speaking out against their abusers — there have been so many horrific stories revealed that we’ve lost count.

Which, honestly, is a tragedy all on its own.

But this weekend, we’re hearing a new story, one that is particularly hard to hear.

Because in this story, the victim was only 12 years old at the time of the abuse.

Eliza Dushku, an actress best known for her roles in TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse, shared a lengthy post to her Facebook account on Saturday morning.

“When I was 12 years old,” she wrote, “while filming True Lies, I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators.”

She said that since then, she’s told her parents, one of her brothers, and two friends, but she hasn’t felt comfortable to share her story publicly.

Until now, that is.

“I remember, so clearly 25 years later, how Joel Kramer made me feel special,” Eliza wrote, “how he methodically built my and my parents’ trust, for months grooming me; exactly how he lured me to his Miami hotel room with a promise to my parent that he would take me for a swim at the stunt crew’s hotel pool and for my first sushi meal thereafter.”

“I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights; how he cranked up the air-conditioning to what felt like freezing levels, where exactly he placed me on one of the two hotel room beds, what movie he put on the television (Coneheads); how he disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section.”

She recounted “how he laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me.”

“He spoke these words: ‘You’re not going to sleep on me now sweetie, stop pretending you’re sleeping,’ as he rubbed harder and faster against my catatonic body.”

She added that “When he was ‘finished,’ he suggested ‘I think we should be careful…,’ [about telling anyone] he meant. I was 12, he was 36.”

After that, she said that he took her home in a taxi — he sat in the backseat and put her on his lap.

When they went back to work on the film, she said that he became cold towards her, and that soon after the horrible incident she described, she confided in an adult what had happened.

The friend confronted Kramer, and Eliza wrote that “later that very same day, by no small coincidence, I was injured from a stunt-gone-wrong on the Harrier jet. With broken ribs, I spent the evening in the hospital.”

“To be clear, over the course of those months rehearsing and filming True Lies, it was Joel Kramer who was responsible for my safety on a film that at the time broke new ground for action films.”

She explained how throughout the filming of the movie, her life was “literally in his hands,” as he hung her from a harness 25 stories high.

As for why she’s speaking out now?

She’d been under the impression that Kramer was no longer working in the industry, but she said that she recently found out that was false, and she came across a photo of him hugging a young girl.

“Hollywood has been very good to me in many ways,” she acknowledged. “Nevertheless, Hollywood also failed to protect me, a child actress.”

“I like to think of myself as a tough Boston chick, in many ways I suppose not unlike Faith, Missy, or Echo. Through the years, brave fans have regularly shared with me how some of my characters have given them the conviction to stand up to their abusers.”

“Now it is you who give me strength and conviction,” she said. “I hope that speaking out will help other victims and protect against future abuse.”

It really is just a horrific story — and, not surprisingly, Kramer has already denied it all.

In a statement to Variety, he called Eliza’s story “outright hyperbole and lies,” and he insisted that it was “absolutely not true.”

But the woman who acted as Eliza’s legal guardian on the set of True Lies, Sue Booth-Forbes, confirmed Eliza’s version of events, saying that she even reported Kramer’s behavior “to a person in authority” back then.

“I was met with blank stares and had the sense that I wasn’t telling that person anything they didn’t already know,” she recounted.

We’re proud of Eliza for sharing her story, and here’s hoping that she feels at least a little bit better for doing so.

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Luann de Lesseps: Already Filming for RHONY in Case She Goes to Prison!

Within less than a year’s time, Luann de Lesseps got married, got divorced, and got arrested on multiple felonies.

For a person, that’s disastrous. But for a reality star? That’s amazing fodder for television.

And producers are reportedly so enthused about Luann’s upcoming court drama that they’re pulling out all of the stops to capture her story … before she potentially spends time behind bars.

Because 2017 wasn’t surreal enough, Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps got arrested for kicking a police officer.

In Florida, of course.

Apparently, she went to the wrong hotel room and refused to leave it. When police were called, she locked herself in the bathroom … and went so far as to slam a door on a police officer’s face.

Here’s some advice, folks: don’t do that. 

Luann checked herself into rehab for alcohol, a great way to either work on getting better or at least make it appear that she’s addressing her behavior.

But she’s due in court later this month, after being charged with four felonies.

Now, Luann tweeted out her apologies, sounding mortified, revealing that being in Palm Beach had brought up some powerful negative emotions.

Hey, we get that. It’s not an excuse, per say, but you don’t need old marriage drama for Florida to have that effect on you. Just saying.

Honestly, the wildest part of that whole situation is the details of Luann’s arrest.

Not the violence or the threats of violence — that’s, you know, not actually funny. But the fact that she slipped her handcuffs.

Either some PR-conscious officer cuffed her a little too gently, or Luann is a serious escape artist. Dang.

Some feared that Luann de Lesseps’ arrest might get her fired from The Real Housewives of New York.

If you were one of those worried, you can probably rest easy.

All reality television is essentially the TV version of a messy b–ch who lives for drama. The wilder that someone’s real-life highs and lows are, the better television they’l make.

Besides, Luann’s arrest isn’t exactly secret, which makes it free publicity for the show.

There is such a thing as bad publicity, don’t get us wrong, but this wasn’t it.

RadarOnline reports that producers are already working to make sure that Luann’s storyline is captured on film.

“Bravo is NOT filming at the moment but producer have reached out to her and asked that she document what’s going on in her life.”

Does that mean that she’s filming, like, confessional segments on her phone or a webcam? We’re not sure. No matter what the camera quality, though, it’s bound to be interesting.

“They need as much home footage as possible to edit Luann and her troubles into the show.”

That makes a lot of sense.

That same source goes on to assure us all that Luann’s status as a Real Housewife is safe.

“If anything, this incident has secured her job.”

Though it has, to be clear, endangered her actual real life.

“The producers love nothing better than real life drama and with the exception of wedding and divorces, nothing is better on reality TV than a court hearing that could result in jail.”

Luann might be worried about her future — with four felony charges, that’s justified. But producers feel differently:

“They are giddy with excitement about what will happen to Luann.”

Well, that’s show business.

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Alaskan Bush People: Filming Season 8?

Change is coming. And, perhaps, a new season.

Ami Brown’s battle with lung cancer is serious, folks. Depending on how well her chemo treatments go, she could still be with us for some times … but some things are never going to be the same.

For the family, and also for Alaskan Bush People.

Ami Brown has recently been in Colorado. And it’s believed that she was filming with her family.

Not necessarily filming Season 8, to be clear.

Until now, it’s appeared that Alaskan Bush People remains mostly in production limbo as Ami continues to undergo cancer treatments.

(That’s really for the best — Ami does not need to be overextending herself during this difficult time, and we’re glad that the network and production are willing to accommodate her medical needs and the family’s feelings during this time)

No, the Brown family has been filming an Alaskan Bush People Christmas special that is set to air on Discovery on December 15th.

(That’s right, folks; they filmed their Christmas special in, like, late October and early November … that’s how reality shows work, but it’s not going to discourage the people who like to slam Alaskan Bush People as fake)

When they’re not filming in the area of Trinidad, Colorado, the Brown family has been living large in a $ 2.7 million Beverly Hills mansion.

In fact, Ami has taken a brief break from chemo to film … but she’s said to be headed back.

The non-fan page Alaskan Bush People Exposed, which has often been a source of reliable information about the Brown family, shared that Noah Brown and his fiancee, Rhain, are in Trinidad, Colorado for filming.

(Actually, they call her “Night Stalker.” Again, they are not a fan site)

The anti-fan page’s admin adds:

“The rest of the Browns should be showing up sometime soon after Ami finishes chemo.”

They’ve also stated that all of the Brown family is filming “this season.”

This might mean that the Brown family is filming Season 8 at last. But, until there’s an official announcement, we need to remind ourselves that the Browns may have been filming a little extra footage for their upcoming Christmas special.

(Reshoots can happen way closer to an air date than most people would think)

Still, if there is a Season 8, certain things will absolutely be different:

For one thing, Alaskan Bush People is now a misnomer.

Some would argue that it was always misleading and that the entire series is a “sham,” based upon reports that the production team delivered supplies to the family and that they all slept in hotel rooms instead of actually sleeping in the wilderness.

(It’s a reality show, folks; not a documentary)

Now, though, the family will be filming in a new homestead … in Colorado.

And, according to Alaskan Bush People Exposed, the Brown family is never ever going back to Alaska to film.

“Colorado will be their new forever home,” their admin wrote.

That’s a disappointment to many fans who enjoyed the first seven seasons and are uncomfortable with change.

Others are excited, including some residents of Alaska who felt that the “frontier” image of the series was doing their state a disservice.

And of course there are haters who, citing the “sham” elements of Alaskan Bush People, wanted to end their association with Alaska.

But Colorado won’t be so bad, right? Just look at this photo that Rain snapped recently:

There’s plenty of wilderness in Colorado, so fans can enjoy much more.

And there’s a hospital less than an hour from the family’s new homestead. That’s absolutely vital.

Even if Ami receives her chemo in L.A. … we all know that terrible things can happen when someone is battling a terminal illness like Ami is.

The new homestead in Colorado seems like the perfect balance of rugged wilderness and not so far from civilization that you’d die if something goes wrong.

Nobody likes change, but Ami Brown’s health — everyone’s health, really — should come first, shouldn’t it?

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Alaskan Bush People: Filming WITHOUT Ami Brown?!

Alaskan Bush People‘s production has been in limbo for a while now. Ami Brown’s cancer battle takes priority.

But even though we know that Ami Brown is back in the hospital for another round of chemo, new evidence has surfaced of the Brown family being in Colorado — at their new homestead.

Are they filming the new season without Ami?!

Ami Brown has been battling stage 4 lung cancer.

The Alaskan Bush People star and Brown family matriarch’s news has seen waves of support from fans and viewers of the show.

If you’re concerned that living in the wilderness is no lifestyle for someone fighting cancer and dealing with the rigors of chemo, don’t worry.

The Brown family has been living large in their Beverly Hills mansion.

(People don’t do reality television for free, folks — and the Browns have filmed seven seasons. Yes, that adds up to a mansion)

The mansion is located just minutes from a hospital.

All of this adds up to an ideal situation for Ami Brown.

She can receive checkups and chemo treatments at the hospital.

Then she can come home and, surrounded by her family, recover and continue her battle in comfort.

Though they don’t know if Ami Brown is going to make it, the family is trying to stay positive and they hope that living in L.A. with its warm weather and sunny skies will do Ami a world of good.

So … what are we to make of this?

This beautiful, beautiful photo was shared by Rain Brown. Her caption provides a little context:

“Breathtaking… #nofilter #sundayhike #stayhappy #staystrong #CO #sisterphotographer”

Unless Rain is trying to alert us to the presence of carbon monoxide in the wilderness, we think that CO here means that she is in Colorado.

Oh, and she tagged the location as “Trinidad, Colorado.”

She says that she’s “hiking,” here, but you don’t have to be a geography whiz to know that hiking in Santa Monica or wherever isn’t going to take you to Colorado.

Rain is also still just 14, so … we don’t imagine that she and her sister are in Colorado by themselves.

Colorado, of course, is the site of the Brown family’s new homestead. A homestead that no one expected them to return to until, you know, season 8 begins filming.

Rain shared another photo the next day, revealing that the family is still there.

You can see the snowflakes in this photo.

Rain did not tag her location here (which is smart, folks — for minors and for celebrities and for women, you might not want to advertise where you stop for a cup of coffee or shop).

But it’s sure as hell not L.A.

The last time that it snowed in L.A. was either 1962 or the season 3 Christmas episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Either way, not during Rain’s lifetime.

So we think that it’s reasonably safe to say that at least a portion of the Brown family is in Colorado right now.

Are they filming without Ami?

There might be other reasons.

Maybe, for example, Rain is just looking to make some friends in the area.

It could also be that they sent just a few of the young Browns to check on the homestead and maybe make sure that whatever they already have there is prepped for the snow.

Or maybe … no, we’re out of alternative explanations.

Could the Brown family be filming without Ami Brown? They might.

Even if Ami Brown manages to pull a total recovery, her days of roughing it in the wilderness — even just for the camera’s benefit — may be over.

So it may be that, no matter how Ami’s cancer battle ends, the family will have to do the show without her. It’ll be different. And weird. But they’ll try to make it work.

We just don’t know if they’ve actually started filming yet. But we sure get the feeling that they might be preparing to.

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