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Dustin Hoffman apologizes after harassment allegation

Dustin Hoffman apologizes after harassment allegation

According to Variety, a spokesperson for Hoffman declined to comment.

Dustin Hoffman, one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, has now been accused of sexual harassment for a second time in just two days time. However, in a statement Wednesday to the Hollywood Reporter, he said regarding allegations made by Anna Graham Hunter, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation". 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.

She says that after she declined, Hoffman left the meeting, after which she says Schisgal told her that the play was "too film noir-ish" and that they were going to pass.

Riss Gatsiounis said Schisgal, who said he couldn't recall the alleged meetings, encouraged her to go with Hoffman.

In a statement, Hoffman said, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation".

Ms Hunter said she flagged this behaviour to people on set, but it was suggested that she "sacrifice" some of her beliefs on set. 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? "I don't know what to make of this whole thing. I just turned around and walked out".

After this, she was told that they weren't interested in her play. And Murray's like, 'You can go!

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation". She went on to detail her feelings of inadequacy, her growing disillusionment with the industry, and her naïve confusion over how sweet her harasser was being: "Dustin's a pig, but I like him a lot".

The foot massages, he says, were given to Hoffman because he was on his feet for 16 hours at a time: "Everybody gave him a foot massage now and then, on the set, amidst the chaos, nothing ambiguous about it". "I want to weep that she found this charming". Riss Gatsiounis described the events as a source of torment.

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. "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am", Hoffman wrote in a statement.


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