A half-hour after accusations were directed at Brett Ratner—and in a month where Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bob Weinstein, Ben Affleck, and director James Toback have all been accused of sexual assault—Academy Award-winning actorDustin Hoffman, who has starred in classics like Rain Man (1988), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and The Graduate (1967).
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Graham Hunter says that Hoffman sexually harassed her when she was working as an intern on the set of 1985’s Death of a Salesman. Hunter, who would have been 17, detailed the encounters in her diary, which included him grabbing her “by the ass” and requesting, for breakfast, “a soft-boiled clitoris.”
Her diary, which has seen portions published online, also allege that Hoffman made advances on other assistants in the production, which, at one point, resulted in a production assistant calling him “a pig.” The production’s reaction was to tell her to not engage that kind of language, unless she’d be fired.
The piece describes the environment Hollywood creates for women, and how so much sexual misconduct goes unchallenged.
Hoffman responded to the piece, according to The Guardian, saying, “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 reflective of who I am.”
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