Actor and director Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment by writer Anna Graham Hunter, who was 17 at the time and an intern on the set of the TV movie “Death of a Salesman.” Hunter said she alerted her supervisor but was brushed off and told to “sacrifice” her values for the sake of the production.
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Dustin Hoffman, now 80, has been accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old while she was interning on a set of TV movie in 1985. Writer Anna Graham Hunter claimed the actor groped her and spoke to her in a sexual manner.
“He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” wrote Hunter in a column for the Hollywood Reporter. “He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me. One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. Then he said, ‘I’ll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris,’ His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried.”
Hunter explained that she detailed her experiences while she was interning on set and mailed them to her sister and has just recently reread the copies. “Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times. I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man,” she wrote of one of her days on set with the actor.
When speaking to a supervisor, Hunter said she was told that she must sacrifice her values for the sake of the production and that she should try to have a sense of humor. Now, at 49, Hunter said she finally understood how the actor’s behavior fit into a pattern of harassment existing for women in Hollywood. “He was a predator,” said Hunter. “I was a child, and this was sexual harassment.”
Hoffman responded to the allegations with a statement: “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.”