Dustin Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Lawrence Kim
December 16, 2017

The new claims by the three women take the number of women who have accused the 80-year-old Oscar victor of sexual harassment to six.

A second woman, Melissa Kester, said she "felt like she'd been raped" after Hoffman allegedly assaulted her while they were in a booth recording songs for the 1987 film Ishtar.

Playwright Cori Thomas said she spent a Sunday afternoon with Hoffman and his daughter in 1980 when she was a 16-year-old student at the elite United Nations International School in New York, "Variety" reported.

She has alleged that she was left alone in Hoffman's hotel room after dinner as she waited for her mother to collect her. Thomas said the actor disappeared into the bathroom before coming back and "standing there naked".

Another woman said Hoffman forced her to perform oral sex when she was 21 during the period the actor shot all the president's men. "I didn't know that I could say no, so I did it".

It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. "What are they going to think of me, that I'm a whore, if I say something?"

In a statement, he said the behaviour was "not reflective of who I am". She said she told close friends and a family member some years later. He's smiling at me.

These accusations follow previous allegations from Anna Graham Hunter, who alleges Hoffman was sexually inappropriate with her when she worked as an intern on the set of one of the 1985 TV film "Death of a Salesman". "I was frozen", she was quoted as saying. She wrote that she had always believed her experience with Mr. Hoffman was an isolated one until she saw another woman's account last month.

According to Variety, "Asked if she would describe the encounter in the station wagon as nonconsensual, she said 'yes.' Asked if she would describe the encounter at the San Remo as such, she said, 'I don't know'".

"There were people there", she said.

The Hollywood Reporter also published similar accounts on Thursday, including from Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kester and Kathryn Rossetter, an actress who said Mr. Hoffman groped her repeatedly while they were both in a Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" in 1983.

Hoffman attorney Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt didn't immediately respond to an L.A. Times request on Friday for comment regarding the new allegations but told Variety that the women's stories were "defamatory falsehoods".

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