The world of Hollywood has deeply been shaken by the series of sexual harassment and abuse scandals that have broken in the past few weeks. These scandals started with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of harassment, but also rape, and gradually more and more women started to share their stories and other Hollywood filmmakers and even actors were dragged into the spotlight.
One of the actors to be accused of sexual harassment is Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing an intern back in 1985 on the set of Death of a Salesman. The woman who accused him, Anna Graham Hunter, said that she was working as a production assistant at that time. She talked about her experience during a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter.
The woman said that the actor showed inappropriate behavior towards her, groped her and made direct sexual comments. “He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” she revealed. “He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me,” she went on to say.
She also explained that the whole experience was difficult to understand and deal with for her, as she was only 17 back then. “Yes, he was gross. But he could also be sweet and wanted me to like him. Which I did,” she explained. “I would be more comfortable if I felt nothing but revulsion for a man who had power over me and abused it. But I still like watching him onscreen,” she added. “I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere. He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment.”
The Hollywood Reporter said that after Hunter made these allegations, the actor decided to apologize. “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” the actor stated. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am,” Hoffman went on to add.