Dustin Hoffman faces second sexual assault claim, with one of them being a teenage girl.
The Academy Award-winning actor reportedly grabbed the butt of a 17-year-old girl. Hoffman allegedly assaulted the teenage girl while on the set of 1985 TV film Death of a Salesman.
The woman in question, the first of Hoffman’s two accusers so far, was interning on set at the time. She alleges that Hoffman was “openly flirtatious” and talked about sex in front of her.
Hoffman, 80, apologised for the possible incident in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I have the utmost respect for women,” he said.
He feels “terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation.
A second woman has come forward with an allegation of harassment against Dustin Hoffman.
Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis claims that Hoffman propositioned her during a pitch meeting in 1991, leaving her teary.
At the meeting’s outset, Hoffman allegedly asked Riss, who was in her 20s, whether she had had sex with a man over 40. “I’ll never forget – he moves back, he opens his arms, and he says, ‘It would be a whole new body to explore,’” Riss said.
When Riss declined Hoffman’s offer to go to a hotel nearby, she was then told that Hoffman was not interested in working with her. The ordeal has been a source of torment for Riss and stayed with her for a long time, she says.
The news follows claims that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances to Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14.
Left speechless and in tears
Hoffman’s first accuser has come forward with these allegations in an article for The Hollywood Reporter. She appears to have waived her right to anonymity.
Writer Anna Graham Hunter published both a picture of her with Dustin.
Anna said she “loved the attention” at first, until she didn’t.
“One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order.
“He looked at me and grinned, taking his time,” Anna told the publication.
“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”.
Hoffman has a career spanning several decades and began acting in the 1960s.
His breakthrough role as Benjamin Braddock in 1967 flick The Graduate led him to global stardom and his first Oscar.
He has since won two Best Actor Oscars for Kramer vs Kramer and Rain Man.