Sexual Harassment Claims Surface Against David Hoffman

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Sexual predators in Hollywood have been dropping like flies since Harry Weinstein was finally revealed. Several others, including Kevin Spacey, have had allegations brought against them by numerous people.

Now actor Dustin Hoffman is being accused of sexual harassment as well, against an underage intern in 1985. Anna Graham Hunter, who was 17-years-old at the time, clams that Hoffman groped her on set of ‘Death of a Salesman.’ She said the actor, who is now 80-years-old, also spoke explicitly about sex with her.

 

She said, “He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” Hunter continued,  “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.”

The Guardian reports:

Hunter detailed Hoffman’s alleged treatment of her over her five weeks on set in a diary that she mailed to her sister at the time. “Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times,” she wrote. “I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man.”

She claims that on set, she was told to put up with his behavior by a supervisor who told her to “sacrifice” some of her values for the sake of the production.

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

Hoffman has spoken out about the allegations, and issued an apology. He said, “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.”

The Tootsie star’s reputation has often been troubling. On the set of Kramer vs Kramer, he slapped Meryl Streep to improve her performance in a dramatic scene while also taunting her about the death of her boyfriend. “I was getting divorced, I’d been partying with drugs and it depleted me in every way,” Hoffman said of his behavior at the time.

Should he face punishment?

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