Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

John Oliver Grills Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Harassment Allegations

John Oliver Grills Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Harassment Allegations

"Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?" "I still don't know who this woman is", Dustin said.

But on Monday, Hoffman denied knowing Hunter and claimed that he never met her.

In response to this, Hoffman said "You weren't there", prompting Oliver to say "I'm glad". It is reflective of who you were. Oliver jumped on that, calling the actor out for not having provided any evidence to show the harassment didn't happen.

"You also have the way men and women worked together [in the past]; you are in a situation where 'that was then, this is now, '" Rosenthal said.

"You weren't there", Hoffman replied.

Hoffman continued, "We were doing this [acting on a set]". So the things that we do between takes sounds benign if it is.

Oliver said: 'You've made one statement in print [about the allegation]'. You break it up. Everyone was saying it to each other.

John Oliver replied with, "This isn't fun for me".

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But that's 19... That's 40 years ago.

Oliver said he didn't "love that response either". You want to hear the story in context? It's a thing. You know, I don't know if you've ever been in that kind of situation. 'Why the ... didn't I say something?

"Why?" asked Hoffman, who had accused the moderator of not keeping an open mind. "He's thoughtful, but not articulate and extremely neurotic and indecisive, but I also found him decent, friendly, and fair". "Thank you for believing women", one yelled to Oliver. Here's Hoffman's full response following the Hunter allegations. Hoffman was keen to point out that his apology was not an admission of guilt and that it was framed as a conditional, saying: "if I did anything that was out of sorts or embarrassed her, I apologize".

"You've made a judgement, a very quick judgement", said Hoffman, who cited the sexually-charged nature of the humor on film sets as context for his behavior.

"Oh Dustin", Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand. Watch parts of their interaction below.

Later on, after audience members reportedly shouted remarks like, "Move on".

Instead, the Monday night event exploded into a fierce interrogation over another contemporary issue: Hollywood sexual misconduct in the era of Harvey Weinstein, the Washington Post reported. "The easy way is not to bring anything up". "That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, 'Why the f**k didn't I say something?"

"I think it's the things that we do in between takes where there's probably a cultural shift that needs to happen", he said to applause from the audience. "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. "I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man".

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