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