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- Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women.
- The accusations against Hoffman span decades.
- These are all the women who have come forward with accusations against him so far.
Allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman continue to surface, with new allegations published in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter this week.
Hoffman, now 80, has seven Oscar nominations for films including “The Graduate,” “Tootsie,” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.” He has won twice, for “Kramer vs Kramer” and “Rain Man.”
The accusations against Hoffman span decades, and range from alleged sexual harassment to inappropriate touching and sexual assault. Several women claim that Hoffman exposed himself to them when they were teenagers.
Here are all the women who have accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment or assault, including details of their accusations:
Anna Graham Hunter said Hoffman spoke openly about sex in front of her and groped her.
In early November, writer Anna Graham Hunter accused Hoffman of sexually harassing her when she was 17 years old, in a guest column she wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.
Hunter said that while interning as a production assistant on the set of “Death of a Salesman” in 1985, Hoffman, who starred in the film, would speak openly about sex in front of her and inappropriately touched her.
Hunter also alleged that Hoffman made sexually explicit remarks in front of her, including one time when the actor asked her, “So, did you have sex over the weekend like I told you?”
According to Hunter, Hoffman also felt her butt four times while she walked him to his limousine on one occasion.
“He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment,” Hunter wrote.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman said: “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.”
Kathryn Rossetter accused Hoffman of groping her repeatedly when they were in a play together.
Actress Kathryn Rossetter accused Hoffman of groping her while the two acted in a Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman” in 1983.
Rossetter wrote of her alleged experiences with Hoffman in early December in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.
Rossetter alleged that after Hoffman went out of his way to campaign for Rossetter to get the role of Willy Loman’s mistress, “the Woman in Boston,” he began to physically violate her throughout the production.
Rossetter performed alongside Hoffman six to eight shows a week, and in that time, she claimed the actor would fondle and grope her off stage “almost every show.”
At parties, Rossetter said that whenever Hoffman took a picture with her he would put his hand around her rib cage and then grab her breast just before the picture was taken.
“Only by luck do I have one such picture – where the camera caught him in the act,” Rossetter wrote. That picture is included in the THR column.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 8, 2017
According to THR, Hoffman’s representatives declined to comment but brought forth individuals who worked on “Death of a Salesman” and did not witness the conduct described in the column.
Wendy Riss Gastiounis said Hoffman made inappropriate sexual comments to her during a professional meeting, and asked her to go to a hotel with him.
“Genius” producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis said that Hoffman sexually harassed her during a meeting she had with him in 1991, in an interview with Variety.
Riss Gatsiounis met with Hoffman and screenwriter Murray Schisgal to discuss her new play “A Darker Purpose,” and the possibility of turning it into a movie.
At one meeting, Riss Gatsiounis alleged that Hoffman asked her if she had “ever been intimate with a man over 40.” Riss Gatsiounis was in her 20s at the time, and Hoffman was 53.
“I’ll never forget – he moves back, he opens his arms, and he says, ‘It would be a whole new body to explore,'” Riss Gatsiounis said. “I’m trying to go back to my pitch, and I’m trying to talk about my play. Then Dustin Hoffman gets up and he says he has to do some clothing shopping at a nearby hotel, and did I want to come along? He’s like, ‘Come on, come to this nearby hotel.'”
Hoffman declined to comment to Variety.
Cori Thomas said that Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was 16 years old.
Cori Thomas told Variety that she was in high school when Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room in 1980.
Thomas was 16 years old and a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter, Karina. They spent a Sunday afternoon together in New York while Hoffman was in the midst of a divorce from his first wife, she said. While waiting to get picked up by her parents after Hoffman’s daughter had gone to her mother’s, Thomas said Hoffman went to the bathroom, started the shower, and came out of the bathroom with a towel around his waist – which he dropped in front of her.
“He was standing there naked,” Thomas told Variety. “I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man … He stood there. He took his time.”
Thomas said that Hoffman asked her to massage his feet, which she did before her mother arrived to pick her up.
Hoffman’s attorney called Thomas’ allegation (and others in the same Variety piece) “defamatory falsehoods” in a statement to Variety.
Melissa Kester said that Hoffman put his fingers inside of her without consent while in a recording studio.
Melissa Kester told Variety that she was a recent college graduate working on the film “Ishtar” (1987) when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Her boyfriend at the time was doing music for the movie, and she went with him a few times to the studio where Hoffman was recording vocal tracks. During one visit while Hoffman was in the recording booth, she said he suddenly put his hands down her pants.
“He put his fingers inside me,” Kester told Variety. “And the thing I feel most bad about is I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there. I just froze in the situation like ‘Oh my God, what is happening?’ It’s shocking when that happens to you.”
She said it went on for 15-20 seconds, and after he was done with the take, she left the booth and went into the bathroom and cried.
Hoffman’s attorney called Kester’s allegation (and others in the same Variety piece) “defamatory falsehoods” in a statement to Variety.
An anonymous woman said Hoffman put his fingers inside her without consent in a car filled with people.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Variety that Hoffman assaulted her while working on “Ishtar.”
The woman was 22 and didn’t have a speaking role in the movie. She said Hoffman offered her a ride home from the wrap party, and in a car filled with people, Hoffman put his hand up her skirt and put his fingers inside her.
Later, she said she met Hoffman at his hotel where he preformed oral sex on her and they had sex.
When Variety asked if the encounter in the car was non-consensual, she said, “Yes.” When asked if the encounter in the hotel room was non-consensual, she said, “I don’t know.”
Hoffman’s attorney called the woman’s allegation (and others in the same Variety piece) “defamatory falsehoods” in a statement to Variety.
“Pauline” said Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was 15.
“Pauline,” who asked The Hollywood Reporter to keep her last name anonymous, alleged that Hoffman exposed himself to her in 1973, when she was 15 and he was 36.
Pauline met Hoffman through her job at a department store, she said. She assisted him several times, and says he kept coming back to see her. Eventually, she says he invited her to a movie screening. One night, she says they went back to his apartment and he told her he had just gotten his daughter a puppy.
Pauline said that when she got to the apartment, there was no puppy.
Pauline alleged that Hoffman then unzipped his pants and exposed himself to her in the Manhattan apartment. Then he began to masturbate in front of her, she said.
“I’d never even seen a naked man before. I had never seen anything like it. I didn’t know what to say, what to do. I was sitting there eyes wide open. ‘I’ll be finished soon,’ he said. I didn’t even know what to say.”
“Carolyn” said that Hoffman would not let her leave a hotel room until she performed a sexual act with him.
“Carolyn,” which is not this woman’s real name, told The Hollywood Reporter that she worked as a tour guide on buses in Washington, D.C. in 1975, when Hoffman was shooting “All the President’s Men.” She was 21.
One day, Hoffman allegedly boarded her tour bus with his assistant.
“Everyone was freaking out,” she said. Hoffman and Carolyn talked a little bit on the tour, and then Hoffman got off, she said, and bout an hour later, the assistant boarded the bus again. “He told me that ‘Mr. Hoffman would very much like to spend the evening with me,'” she said.
That night, Carolyn’s mother dropped her off at the Watergate Hotel, where she was allegedly sent to Hoffman’s room.
Carolyn said Hoffman was shirtless when he answered the door. Carolyn said the conversation was strange because Hoffman seemed to know a lot about her.
“It was as if he had researched me before I got there,” she said. “He asked me, ‘What kind of doctor was your father?’ I knew I never told him anything about my father.”
Carolyn says she then told Hoffman she wanted to go home.
“Go home? You don’t think you’re getting out of here without having sex, do you?” she alleged that Hoffman said. She said Hoffman then blocked the doorway and presented her with two options of sex. She chose oral sex, she said.
Meryl Streep has not come forward with an accusation, but she said he groped her during auditions for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” in a Time article from 1979.
Streep hasn’t come forward with an accusation recently, but in a Time article from 1979, Streep said that Hoffman groped her breast during auditions for “Kramer vs Kramer.”
“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin – burp – Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast,” Streep told Time. “What an obnoxious pig, I thought.”
In 2016, Vanity Fair excerpted a piece from Michael Schulman’s book, “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep.” In the piece, Schulman wrote that while shooting “Kramer vs Kramer” Hoffman intensified their fight scenes by slapping Streep and taunting her about her recently-deceased boyfriend, John Cazale.
Streep and Hoffman won an Oscars for their roles in the film. “Kramer vs Kramer” also won best picture.