Dustin Hoffman grilled by John Oliver over sexual harassment claims

Going into an anniversary celebration of his 1997 film Wag the Dog, Dustin Hoffman probably didn't expect to get asked about the allegations of sexual harassment against him.

The confrontation took place a month after Hoffman apologized over allegations that he sexually harassed a 17-year-old high school student while filming 1985 drama Death of a Salesman.

"It's hanging in the air?". Referring to Hoffman, he added: "But you and I are not the victims here".

After Hunter's allegations emerged on November 1, Hoffman issued an apology.

When Oliver tried to point out that his apology was not really good enough and that it was clearly a reflection of who Hoffman was at the time, Hoffman became defensive and claimed he was being blindsided.

"I would not have made that movie if I didn't have an incredible respect for women", Hoffman said. "Dustin's a pig, but I like him a lot", she wrote at the time. Hoffman released an statement, saying he felt bad if anything he might have done had made her uncomfortable.

"It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off", Oliver responded at the Q & A session commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hoffman's film, "Wag the Dog". "It's not reflective of who I am". If you've given no evidence to show it didn't [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women.

One of the things that Oliver brought up was Hoffman's apology, which Oliver as well as many others feel was dismissive and lacking of actual remorse.

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

"Do you believe this stuff that you read?"

Hoffman, though, doesn't agree and replied saying "It's hard to ask that question, you weren't there", to which Oliver counter-replied "I'm glad".

"Oh Dustin", Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand.

Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver squared off about sexual harassment Monday night during a panel discussion in NY, with both men sticking by their arguments as tension between them heated up.

"It's not for me to say".

"Yes", Oliver replied. "Because there's no point in [an accuser] lying".

"Well, there's a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years", Hoffman replied.

"I'll watch it", Oliver replied. "No one stands up to powerful men.'" Indeed, a second allegation was made against Hoffman of sexual harassment by producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis who alleges that, as a playwright in 1991, a meeting with the actor and Tootsie screenwriter Murray Schisgal turned unprofessional following inappropriate remarks. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself.

"I can't leave certain things unaddressed", the host said.

  • Kyle Peterson