Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Dustin Hoffman confronted over abuse allegations by John Oliver at public Q&A

Dustin Hoffman confronted over abuse allegations by John Oliver at public Q&A

The Last Week Tonight host grilled Hoffman during a tense exchange at a 20th anniversary screening of his film Wag The Dog in NY, with Oliver saying that he thought the Oscar-winning actor's apology over harassment claims felt like a "dismissal", The Washington Post has reported. He was alluding to an allegation made by Anna Graham Hunter last month that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1986 TV movie "Death Of A Salesman".

Dustin Hoffman accused John Oliver of putting him "on display" as they engaged in a heated discussion about the sexual harassment allegations against the actor during a film Q&A, according to a United States report.

"Do you believe this stuff that you're reading?" Later, Hoffman said to Oliver, "You weren't there", to which Oliver replied, "I'm happy I wasn't".

"This is something we're going to have to talk about because...it's hanging in the air", Oliver said Monday onstage at a Tribeca Institute screening of Wag the Dog, according to Variety.

"You've made a judgement, a very quick judgement", said Hoffman, who cited the sexually-charged nature of the humor on film sets as context for his behavior.

"First of all, it didn't happen the way she reported it", the Oscar victor said.

In his original response to Hunter, Hoffman had written: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation".


"It's 'not reflective of who I am.' It's that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off", Oliver said. "I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people".

Oliver took issue with Hoffman's original response, telling him it didn't "feel self-reflective in the way that it seems the incident demands".

John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman about claims he had harassed a teen.

The back-and-forth mainly centered on the Graham Hunter allegations, and also at times invoked an accusation by "The Graduate" co-star Katharine Ross that Hoffman had groped her on the set of the classic film.

According to Washington Post reporter Steve Zeitchik, who was in attendance, the confrontation between Oliver and Hoffman created a "testy" atmosphere, with audience members "arguing volubly" about whether Oliver should have raised the allegations against Hoffman. She claimed Hoffman asked her for foot massages, grabbed her butt, and was "openly flirtatious". "That's 'not innocent until proven guilty'". "You have indicted me", he said.

"I believe what she wrote, yes", the Last Week Tonight presenter replied.

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