Their conversation was as tense as it was necessary.
Going into an anniversary celebration of his 1997 film Wag the Dog, Dustin Hoffman probably didn’t expect to get asked about the allegations of sexual harassment against him. But moderator John Oliver, according to the Washington Post, had a different idea of how the night should go.
“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air,” Oliver said, referring to Anna Graham Hunter’s account of working with Hoffman on Death of a Salesman in 1985. Hunter was 17 years old, and alleges that Hoffman harassed and assaulted her while she was interning on set.
“It’s hanging in the air? From a few things you’ve read, you’ve made an incredible assumption about me,” replied Hoffman, adding, apparently sarcastically, “You’ve made the case better than anyone else can. I’m guilty.”
What reportedly followed was a tense detente in which Oliver refused to accept Hoffman’s attempts to dismiss the allegations, and Hoffman grew more and more irritated that Oliver kept finding his answers lacking enough sincerity to satisfy him.
Excerpts of Hunter’s on-set diary describe the time she “was walking Dustin to his limo, [and] he felt my ass four times. I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man.” Revisiting the internship for the Hollywood Reporter more than 30 years later, Hunter recalled the time she asked Hoffman what he would want for breakfast, and he responded, “I’ll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.”
After Hunter’s account was published on November 1, Hoffman issued an apology, insisting, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not Read More Here