Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual harassment by second woman

05 November, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Dustin Hoffman accused of sexually harassing woman on set when she was 17

Hunter said that Hoffman's entourage then burst out laughing, which left her speechless. Wendy Riss Gatsiounis says she refused to go to the hotel with Dustin Hoffman, which didn't go over particularly well.

Hunter claims Hoffman asked her to give him a foot massage on her first day on set.

At the time, Riss Gatsiounis said she struggled with the thought of possibly ruining her career, which led her to second guess her decision to reject Hoffman.

She added: "At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere". He says, 'Before you start, let me ask you one question, Wendy - have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?'

During her second week on set, Hunter claims that Hoffman, now 80, inquired as to whether she'd had sex over the weekend like he'd instructed, noting that she was "cracking up" at the conversation at the time.

Riss Gatsiounis alleges that Hoffman, now 80, continued, "It would be a whole new body to explore", before inviting her to go shopping for clothes at a nearby hotel. I'm trying to go back to my pitch, and I'm trying to talk about my play. Riss Gatsiounis also said that the actor attempted to persuade her to accompany him to a nearby hotel, to discuss adapting some of her work into a film.

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The Graduate star Hoffman allegedly told her: "So Anna, I get Warren tonight, you get him Tuesday?" She called her agent, Mary Meagher, to tell her about the encounter.

"She said that she didn't want me to think that it was something I had done", Riss Gatsiounis said. Yes, Hoffman was inappropriate and Hunter was underage, but she also admired him and often thought he was amusing and charming. Riss Gatsiounis described the events as a source of torment. "I was just this writer and he had been my hero, and it stayed with me for a long time".

In a guest column for THR on Wednesday, Hunter, who at 17 interned as a production assistant on Hoffman's "Death of a Salesman" TV movie, alleged a pattern of escalating crude language and behavior by the actor toward her over the course of five weeks in 1985.

Hoffman has apologised for any impropriety.

Hoffman has responded to the Hollywood Reporter regarding Hunter's claims in the article, saying, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful 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", Hoffman wrote in a statement.

Hoffman's spokespeople are declining to comment on the more recent allegations.

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