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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Alum Eliza Dushku Reveals She Married Peter Palandjian Last Month

Eliza Dushku has tied the knot!

On Sunday, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 37, shared the happy news that she married Peter Palandjian in August.

Alongside news of her nuptials, the actress also shared a series of images from the pair’s romantic outdoors ceremony in Boston. In one photo, Dusku appeared to triumphantly raise her hands while the pair walked down the aisle, and in another, the couple shared a sweet kiss on the lips.

For the ceremony, Dushku wore a form-fitting, lacy white gown featuring an elegant cut out across her back.

The actress also shared a photo of Dushku and Palandjian, 54, kissing on a tandem bike at the Boston Bike Party, a monthly occurrence that was last held on Aug. 17 — one day before the pair’s nuptials.

Fittingly, she simply captioned the post, “8.18.18,” including two heart emojis.  

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Dushku announced her engagement to the businessman on Instagram in June 2017, when she shared a photo from the proposal.

“YES!! Absolutely, my love,” Dushku captioned a snap of the pair holding hands.

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#Ayo..! “YES!!” Absolutely, my love. 🎊💍🇦🇲✨🇦🇱🎶 #BostonBorn #BostonBred #BostonSoonToBeWed 💞💪

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My favorite spot. ✨💞

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Palandjian is the CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and a former professional tennis player.

The father of four graduated from Harvard in 1987 and was a two-time captain and four-year letter winner for the Crimson and earned All-Ivy honors before turning pro.

Though Dushku has kept her relationship relatively out of the public eye, she and Palandjian shared a sweet embrace and posed on a red carpet in New York City in April, when she showed off her gorgeous engagement ring.


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Eliza Dushku’s Mother Says She Was Afraid of Her Daughter’s Alleged Abuser Too

A woman claiming to be Eliza Dushku‘s mother said on Facebook that she wished she had been brave enough to stand up to her daughters’s alleged abuser.

In an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, Eliza alleged that stunt coordinator Joel Kramer sexually molested her during the filming of 1994’s True Lies when she was just 12 years old — an incident that she claims she told her a handful of people about including her mother, but that no one, including herself, “seemed ready to confront taboo subject” at the time. (Kramer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, nor did reps for Duskhu.)

The post caused a groundswell of fans to reach out in support of the 37-year-old Bring It On star. But among the praises for her bravery was one woman who condemned Eliza’s parents for not protecting her.

It was your parent’s responsibility to do something,” the woman wrote. “I’m sure they were too afraid that it would affect your career. They allowed you to go back to work knowing your life was in his hands. And even after the incident they said nothing. He could had killed you!”

“Your parents had power,” the woman added, explaining that she too had been abused as a child and that her mother had fought back. “Your parents could have told the director, could had called the police and yet they stood silent. Probably allowing this to happen to other children after you. There is no excuse for him; but shame on your parents too!”

Reading those words, an account appearing to belong to Eliza’s mother Judith Dushku responded.

“I accept your condemnation as Eliza’s mother,” she wrote. “No, it was not her career that I feared for, as that meant nothing to me. I was afraid of Joel Kramer, too. And it was years later that I finally understood fully what really happened.”

“At the time, Eliza was too scared to tell the whole story and in a way I think she protected me from knowing because she knew how frightened I was of the powerful men on the set,” she continued. “Her lose was the worst, but abuse can throw a wide net. I only began to understand this many years later.”

She concluded: “Thank you to your mother for what she did for you. I wish I had been that brave.”

Judith did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Eliza was starring in the James Cameron-directed film alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis when she met Kramer — who has worked on many of Schwarzenegger’s films including TwinsTotal RecallKindergarten CopLast Action HeroEraser, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. 

He was put in charge of her safety on the film, rigging her on wires and harnesses for the action movie’s then-groundbreaking stunts.

But while he was supposed to be Dushku’s protector, she claimed he turned into her abuser — allegedly coaxing her into his Miami hotel room under the guise of a swim trip at the stunt crew’s pool one night only to allegedly strip naked and lay on top of her, rubbing himself all over her until he climaxed.

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On the taxi ride home, he allegedly grew aroused again when he put Dushku on his lap in the backseat, she claimed.

In a statement to Variety, Kramer denied Dushku’s claims, calling them “absolutely not true.”

For 25 years, Eliza said she carried the pain of what happened to her. It was only the recent onslaught of Hollywood actresses began out about their alleged experiences with sexual misconduct that she felt brave enough to confront her own dark past.




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