John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman got into a heated argument in New York City on the 4th of December. The pair discussed the claims of sexual misconduct against the Academy Award-winner. Oliver said it was something they had to address because it was “hanging in the air” and Hoffman claimed John has made an “incredible assumption” about him and implied he is guilty.
The 80-year-old actor said, “you’ve made the case better than anyone else can. I’m guilty.” As you may know, Anna Graham Hunter accused the actor of sexual harassment in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter which the company published on the 1st of November.
Hours after Dustin Hoffman apologized to a former intern for a 30-year-old account of sexual harassment, a second accuser came forward. Writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis says that the Oscar winner propositioned her during a meeting in 1991, asking if she'd ever been with a man over 40. "It would be a whole new body to explore," he reportedly said. https://usat.ly/2zs9car ? Mike Marsland, WireImage #dustinhoffman #hollywood
The writer claimed that Dustin physically assaulted her and made lewd sexual comments when she worked as an intern on the set of the TV series adaption of the original play, Death Of A Salesman, in 1985.
In a statement, Dustin said he has the “utmost respect for women” and feels terrible that anything he might’ve said or done would’ve upset a woman with whom he worked.
He said it’s “not reflective of who I am.” Yesterday, Oliver implied to Hoffman that one statement in print probably isn’t enough to address the claims.
In response, Dustin explained that he still doesn’t remember the woman and does not remember the incident in question at all. He added, “I’ve never met her” and if they did come into contact, it was involving other people.
John Oliver refused to let Dustin off quickly when he focused on the language of the statement and said it is “reflective of who you are” if it happened and it feels as though Hoffman is merely dismissing the claims.