Dustin Hoffman accused of sexually harassing 17-year-old

Peter Castro
November 3, 2017

Dustin Hoffman, now 80, has been accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old while she was interning on a set of TV movie in 1985.

Now, playwright Wendy Riss Gatsiounis has come forward with her own tale about Hoffman, claiming that he behaved inappropriately when they met along with Tootsie screenwriter Murray Schisgal to discuss adapting her play A Darker Purpose into a feature film back in 1991. Now Hunter has a variety of reactions when reading her letters and thinking about her time working on "Death of a Salesman", and even admits that she somehow found Hoffman charming through it all. Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg ... and a soft-boiled clitoris.' His entourage burst out laughing.

"I'm just completely flustered", she continued to Variety.

Hunter said that an office assistant told her if producer Bob Colesberry would have heard the production assistant's words to Hoffman, "she would have been gone in a second".

The 48-year-old director has denied the allegations, with his attorney Martin Singer telling the LA Times: "I have represented Mr Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment". She was a high-school senior at the time.

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Hoffman's representative did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment. He apologized and was kind to her after that so her supervisor advised her to not make it an issue. "She said that for the sake of the production we have to sacrifice some of our values and just let it roll over our heads".

In her essay, Hunter explained that she was charmed by Hoffman's behavior at first, but her attitude quickly turned sour when his advances became physical.

"Mostly though, my heart aches. I want to weep that she found this charming".

Dustin responded with a statement, saying, "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 claims that Hoffman, who is almost 30 years her senior, asked her, "'Wendy have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?' She added, "I'll never forget he moves back, he opens his arms, and he says, "It would be a whole new body to explore".

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