Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual harassment against 17-year-old
Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern in the 1980s.
Anna Graham Hunter was working on the set of the TV movie adaptation of Death of a Salesman in 1985 when the alleged incidents occurred.
In a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter, she alleged:
“When I was a senior in high school in New York City, interning as a production assistant on the set of the ‘Death of a Salesman’ TV film, he asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did.
“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 wrote down the actor's, now 80 years old, treatment of her over the five weeks she spent on set in a diary that she mailed to her sister.
In an excerpt of one of the published letters, she wrote:
“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 also claims that while she was on set, she was told by a supervisor to "sacrifice" some of her values "for the sake of the production".
The actor said in a statement to the publication in response to the allegations:
“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.”