John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman over harassment

John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman over harassment
From BBC - December 5, 2017

John Oliver has confronted Dustin Hoffman in a tense public discussion about allegations of sexual harassment that have been made against the actor.

Hoffman defended himself after Anna Graham Hunter alleged he groped her on a film set when she was 17, in 1985.

The actor questioned Ms Graham Hunter's claims, asking Oliver: "Do you believe this stuff that you are reading?"

Hoffman said the HBO talk show host was not keeping an "open mind" and was unquestionably believing the accusers.

"I believe what she wrote, yes," Oliver replied. "Because there's no point in her lying."

The actor countered: "Well, there's a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years."

Oliver was hosting a panel discussion in New York to mark the 20th anniversary of Hoffman's film Wag The Dog.

Oliver said he was not sure whether to broach the subject of the allegations but decided he'd end up "hating myself" if he did not.

The tetchy exchange was reported by The Washington Post, which also posted a video of part of the conversation.

Ms Graham Hunter published her account of her encounters with Hoffman - including diary entries she said she had wrote at the time in which she accused him of being a "dirty old man" - in The Hollywood Reporter in November.

The veteran star responded at the time by putting out a statement saying: "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."

'A cop-out'

Oliver picked him up on that line at Monday's public question-and-answer session - saying he was not satisfied with it because "it is reflective of who you were".

'Incredible assumption'


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