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John Oliver Hammers Dustin Hoffman Over Alleged Sexual Harassment At Film Panel

John Oliver Hammers Dustin Hoffman Over Alleged Sexual Harassment At Film Panel”

Dustin Hoffman and HBO show host John Oliver got into a heated debate Monday night in NY while discussing allegations of harassment against Hoffman. It was tense, it was infuriating, and it was extremely gratifying to watch.

Actress Anna Graham Hunter has alleged that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie "Death of a Salesman".

Anna alleged Dustin "grabbed" her ass on the set and asked her to give him a foot massage and her claims led to him issuing a statement in which he said: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation". I still don't know who this woman is.

"Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc", Baldwin tweeted days after Oliver's confrontation with Hoffman on Monday night.

For the full interview panel discussion, see the video below.

"Well, it's affected you in terms of your feelings about me", he told Oliver.

About 20 minutes into the genial conversation, Oliver brought up the topic of sexual harassment as "the elephant in the room", asking Dustin Hoffman if he thought that his initial statement in response to the harassment was sufficient.

But Oliver honed in on the fact that Hoffman said his actions in the past aren't reflective of who he is as a person. "It feels like a cop-out to say 'It wasn't me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?"

"Hoffman admitted to Oliver that his statement was meant to deflect blame: "...

He recalled telling his wife "that I never realized men were that were brutal".

To which Oliver responded by saying that there needs to be a "cultural shift" in what was viewed as appropriate behaviour because what might seem amusing to one person might have damning effects on the other.

According to the Independent, the exchange between the two saw Oliver grilling Hoffman on the accusations, while Hoffman attempts to explain his side. You say things. So suddenly, one of the things was, you come to work on Monday, "Did you have sex Friday?" Everyone was saying it to each other. "I still don't know who this woman is", Hoffman replied. I said a stupid thing, but I said it in the midst of the crew, and they said their stupid things. "That was 40 years ago", Hoffman. In the video of the conversation below, Hoffman does appear to defend making sexualized jokes on set with the cast and crew. Hoffman said he apologized "if" he had done anything to make anyone, including Hunter, feel uncomfortable at the time. From a few things you've read, you've made an incredible assumption about me. 'Why [.] didn't I say something? "It just feels like a dismissal or re-contextualizing it is not really addressing it. It doesn't seem self-reflective in the way that the incident demands". You've made the case better than anyone else can. If you've given no evidence to show it didn't, there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. Another said, "Thank you for believing women".

"I believe what she wrote, yes". "Because there's no point in her lying".

Perhaps what is the most ironic part of all of this is that Dustin Hoffman starred in Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982), which involved him living in drag and portrayed what it was to be a woman in the entertainment industry.



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