Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dustin Hoffman described as a 'predator' by writer who says he harassed her when she was 17

Dustin Hoffman attends the
Dustin Hoffman attends the "The Meyerowitz Stories" photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
Actor Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa Hoffman arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Dustin Hoffman has been accused of "predatory" behaviour by a writer who says he harassed her when she was 17 years old.

Anna Graham Hunter wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter documenting her time on the set of tv movie Death of A Salesman in 1985 and claims the actor made unwanted sexual advances on set, including asking for a foot massage, grabbing her and spoke in graphic sexual ways around her.

"He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did," she wrote. "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."

She recalls making note of four different encounters in one day, referring to a diary entry that read: "Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times. I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man."

Ms Hunter said she flagged this behaviour to people on set, but it was suggested that she "sacrifice" some of her beliefs on set.

"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. At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere," she added.

Actor Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa Hoffman arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa Hoffman arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Hoffman apologised in a statement, 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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