Death Of A Salesman Director Defends Dustin Hoffman Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Volker Schlondorff, the man who directed Death Of A Salesman, has come out in defense of Dustin Hoffman after Anna Graham Hunter claimed Dustin sexually harassed her on the set of the TV adaption created in 1985. Hunter accused Oscar-winner of "repeatedly harassing her" when she was 17-years-old and interning as an assistant.
In a column for The Hollywood Reporter, she claimed Hoffman made "unwanted sexual advances towards her" and made comments like, "I'll have a hard-boiled egg...and a soft-boiled clitoris."
Additionally, Hoffman requested she "give him a foot massage" while working her first day, which she did.
The 78-year-old director, Schlondorff, defended Dustin in a report from the Hollywood Reporter and said Hunter's account was a "mischaracterization" and calling Dustin a "predator" is over the line.
Furthermore, the filmmaker claimed Hoffman was known as a "kidder" on the set of the show, and it wasn't unusual to request a foot rub because he spent sixteen hours a day on his feet.
Schlondorff claimed, "everybody gave him a foot massage" now and again amid the turbulent atmosphere of the set. There is "nothing ambiguous" about it according to the Death Of A Salesman creator.
He claimed if Hoffman knew it made her upset he wouldn't have done it, simple as that.
In response to the accusations against him, the two-time Oscar winner said that he has the "utmost respect" for women and he feels terrible for putting her into an uncomfortable position.
Screenwriter Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also had a beef to pick with Dustin because he allegedly propositioned her during a meeting in 1991. Variety published Gatsiounis' account on Wednesday. What do our readers think of the allegations against The Rain Man actor? Is he guilty or are these complaints "going too far" as the director stated?