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Entertainment Dustin Hoffman Is Being Defended Against Sexual Harassment Claims

10:21  05 november  2017
10:21  05 november  2017 Source:   ibtimes.com

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A second woman has come forward with an allegation of harassment against Dustin Hoffman , a day after the actor was forced to apologise for his past behaviour. Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis claims that Hoffman propositioned her during a pitch meeting in 1991

Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment against a 17-year-old intern in 1985. Writer Anna Graham Hunter alleges that the actor, now 80, groped her on the set of TV movie Death of a Salesman and spoke inappropriately about sex with her.

Dustin Hoffman wearing a suit and tie© Provided by IBT US

Following allegations by two women that he had sexually harassed them in the 1980s and early 1990s, actor Dustin Hoffman has found an ally in his "Death of a Salesman" director, Volker Schlöndorff, who has defended him against the claims that have been made against him.

The first reports that Hoffman has sexually harassed someone came earlier this week, when Anna Graham Hunter came forward in The Hollywood Reporter, saying that in 1985, when she was a 17-year-old production assistant intern on the set of "Death of a Salesman," Hoffman made unwanted sexual advances towards her and made vulgar statements, and also requested that she give him a foot massage on her first day on set, a request she complied with.

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Another claim of sexual harassment has been aimed at Dustin Hoffman , detailing a “horrific, demoralizing and abusive” experience on the set of a 1983 Broadway show.

John Oliver got into a heated debate with Dustin Hoffman over the sexual harassment allegations made against the actor during a film panel on Monday night (4 December). Meryl Streep responds to claims Dustin Hoffman groped her when they first met. “Do you believe this stuff you read?”

Since her claims went public, screenwriter Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also came forward to allege that Hoffman propositioned her during a meeting in 1991.

Hoffman hasn't responded to Gatsiounis' claims, but he did apologize for his actions against Hunter, admitting he wasn't aware they had upset anyone, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

"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."

Now in a new statement to the same magazine, Schlöndorff, who directed Hoffman in the play, claims that Hunter's account of what happened was a "mischaracterization" and likening him to a predator was "going too far," because Hoffman was not only known as a "kidder" on set, but had also requested foot rubs from others as well because he was often on his feet for 16 hours at a time.

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(CNN) Dustin Hoffman and "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver got into a heated discussion Monday night when Oliver brought up recent allegations of sexual harassment against the actor. The exchange, which was captured on video by Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik

German film director Volker Schlöndorff has defended Dustin Hoffman against a sexual harassment accusation by a former intern on a television production, saying the actor is just “a kidder.”

"Everybody gave him a foot massage now and then, on the set, amidst the chaos, nothing ambiguous about it," he said.

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John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman in heated argument over sex claims . John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman engaged in a tense discussion about the sexual harassment allegations facing Hoffman during a panel Hoffman defended himself against the questioning, stating that he does not recall

John Oliver publicly spars with Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment claims . Of Hoffman ’s apology, Oliver added that he took umbrage with the actor’s claim the alleged incident is “not reflective of who I am .”

He also added that he knew Hoffman wouldn't have continued any behavior that made Hunter uncomfortable if he had known it was bothering her.

"If [Dustin] knew that she would be upset when he was teasing her, he wouldn't have done it," he added.

The accusations against Hoffman came in the same week that several others were also accused of similar incidents, and in some cases. Harvey Weinstein, whose own exposure as a serial offender took an even more shocking turn this week when actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her, and New York police said they had enough with her claims to potentially charge Weinstein with a crime.

In addition, Kevin Spacey saw Netflix sever all ties with him, and he was fired from the final season of his hit series for the streaming service, "House of Cards," after several actors and crew members from the show came forward with allegations he had sexually assaulted or harassed them. Brett Ratner, a director and producer known for several hit films was also the subject of accusations if harassment and assault by several actresses in a Los Angeles Times article, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

Dustin Hoffman is being defended after earlier claims were made against him that he had sexually harassed a woman while performing in "Death of a Salesman." Here, he is pictured during the Q&A session for the official Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences screening of "The Meyerowitz Stories" in New York on Oct. 3, 2017. Photo: Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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