Dustin Hoffman has apologised after being accused of sexual harassment back in 1985 by a then 17-year-old intern.
Anna Graham Hunter, who worked on the TV film Death of a Salesman alongside the actor, has penned an essay for the Hollywood Reporter in which she claims that Hoffman grabbed her butt and made vulgar comments to her — and others — on the set.
It started on her first day, when he asked for a foot rub, she says.
While she claims his sexual comments once had her crying in a bathroom, she also called him out for his antics, slapping his hand after he grabbed her butt over and over, and telling him that he was a dirty old man.
“I loved the attention,” Hunter wrote in her essay. “Until I didn’t.”
Hunter, who is now an author, documented Hoffman’s alleged misconduct 32 years ago in letters she wrote to her sister, which are shared in the story.
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She said that finding them recently and reading them again made her heart ache “for the awkward virgin with the bad hair who had only been kissed three times in her life, laughing as the man her father’s age talked about breasts and sex. I want to weep that she found this charming.”
Hoffman, who’s now 80, responded to Hunter’s allegations in a statement to THR, saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible 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.”
The two-time Oscar winner, who won an Emmy for his Death of a Salesman performance, has been married to his second wife, Lisa, since 1980.