John Oliver Presses Dustin Hoffman on Sexual Harassment Allegations

Peter Castro
December 8, 2017

Last night, Oliver hosted a Q&A with the cast of Wag The Dog in honor of the film's 20th anniversary, and halfway in brough up the onslaught of sexual harassment accusations that are dropping men like flies around Hollywood.

In particular, Oliver questioned the actor repeatedly about Anna Graham Hunter's accusations last month that Hoffman was personally intrusive, including allegedly touching her inappropriately, more than three decades ago on the set of TV film "Death of a Salesman". From a few things you've read you've made an incredible assumption about me", Hoffman responded, sarcastically adding, "You've made the case better than anyone else can.

While an occasional member of the film's audience may have wanted Oliver to ease up, a vast majority supported him with cheers when he made a good point, and cries of encouragement.

One person who has been accused is actor Dustin Hoffman.

Producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis has accused the actor of propositioning her in 1991, which he declined to comment on.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", Hoffman said at the time.

"Because it is reflective of who you were if it happened and you've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen, then there was a period in time when you were creeping around women".

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Hunter published her encounters with Hoffman, including the contents of a diary she wrote at the time, in the Hollywood Reporter in November. Hoffman released an statement, saying he felt bad if anything he might have done had made her uncomfortable.

The part of that interchange which bothered me the most was Oliver, a guy who can usually smell bullcrap from miles away, is oblivious (or at least pretending to be) to the multitude of possible reasons why an accuser might tell a story which was misleading or inaccurate, especially in this current environment. "It is reflective of who you were".

The hour-long session ended shortly after, as the two were unable to move past the issue.

"Do you believe this stuff that you're reading?" 'Why the...didn't I say something? "Hoffman asked to which Oliver replied he did "...because there's no point in [an accuser] lying". But moderator John Oliver, according to the Washington Post, had a different idea of how the night should go.

"I'm glad [I wasn't there]", the host replied.

"Well, there's a point in her not bringing this up for 40 years", Hoffman said. "I can't leave certain things unaddressed", Oliver said of his unwillingness to leave the situation in the background. "The easy way is not to bring anything up. That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, 'Why the fuck didn't I say something?' No one stands up to powerful men".

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