John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman got into a heated exchange on Monday night during a public Q&A session when the “Last Week Tonight” host grilled the Academy Award-winning actor over sexual harassment allegations.
During a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Oliver questioned Hoffman about allegedly groping and inappropriately touching an intern named Anna Graham Hunter during the filming of his 1985 film “Death of a Salesman.”
“He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” Hunter wrote for The Hollywood Reporter. “He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me.”
Oliver began by saying, “This is something we’re going to have to talk about because ... it’s hanging in the air.”
“It’s hanging in the air?” Hoffman replied. “From a few things you’ve read you’ve made an incredible assumption about me.”
Hoffman released an apology last month after following the allegation: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” Hoffman said. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
But when Oliver brought up the claim, Hoffman appeared to change his story, claiming he had never met Hunter. “I still don’t know who this woman is,” he said. “I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people.”
Oliver took issue with Hoffman saying the alleged behavior didn't reflect who he was. “It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” Oliver said. “It is reflective of who you were.”
Watch the heated exchange below, via The Washington Post.