The latest installment in the ongoing saga of Hollywood sexual harassment accusations features Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, who is being accused of groping a 17-year-old girl more than three decades ago.
Hoffman has issued an apology. Sort of.
Dustin Hoffman when he finds out why he's trending on Twitter…. pic.twitter.com/9VBbqEPYDM
— Chris Dmytriw ? (@chrisdmytriw1) November 1, 2017
Anna Graham Hunter was a senior in high school when she landed a spot as an intern production assistant on Hoffman’s 1985 TV movie Death of a Salesman.
Unfortunately for her, the job involved entirely more personal attention from the famous celebrity than she ever imagined she would get.
In an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, the now 49-year-old Hunter writes, “I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman. Until I didn’t.”
“He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” writes Hunter. “He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me. One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. Then he said, ‘I’ll have a hard-boiled egg…and a soft-boiled clitoris.’ His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried.”
"He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me" https://t.co/Qt9x5BjX9g
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 1, 2017
To prove it, she even “detailed my days and mailed dispatches to my sister in London after making copies for myself,” only recently re-reading them “for the first time in several years.”
“Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times,” she in one of the letters. “I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man. He took off his hat and pointed to his head (shaved for the part) and said, ‘No, I’m a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair.'”
Hey remember when Dustin Hoffman slapped Meryl Streep in the face because she wasn't doing a scene the way he wanted in Kramer v Kramer?
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 1, 2017
After a couple of weeks of enduring Hoffman’s antics, she finally told him she “didn’t appreciate his wandering hands or his comments” and that “he apologized and said he would stop.”
Only a few days later, after Hoffman saw her meet Warren Beatty at the studio, the actor allegedly told her, “You might as well have undressed yourself. You were saying, ‘F–k me, f–k me, Warren.'”
Even then, the teenaged Hunter was conflicted on her feelings about Hoffman, writing after a month, “No one is 100 percent good or bad. Dustin’s a pig, but I like him a lot.”
“Yes, he was gross,” Hunter writes in her Reporter piece. “But he could also be sweet and wanted me to like him. Which I did…Not long ago I watched All the President’s Men for the first time in years and then texted my sister: Is it weird that I find him kind of sexy in this after what he did? Whenever I talk about this, I sense that my listeners want a victim and a villain. And I wish my feelings were as clear as theirs. I would be more comfortable if I felt nothing but revulsion for a man who had power over me and abused it.”
“At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere,” Hunter wrote. “He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment. As to how it fits into my own pattern, I imagine I’ll be figuring that out for years to come.”
Responding to the allegations against him, Hoffman told the Hollywood reporter, “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.”
Seems like it would be easier to make a list of men in power who *didn't * harass a female in their lifetimes. #DustinHoffman
— Aasai Dosai ? (@ItsaThing5) November 1, 2017
In 2016, if you saw an actor's name trending, you immediately assumed they'd died. In 2017, it's because they're a predator.. #DustinHoffman
— Katie Harker-Pugh (@katieharker) November 1, 2017
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