Actor Dustin Hoffman is speaking out, responding to a former intern who accused him in an op-ed Wednesday of sexual harassing her many years ago.
Anna Graham Hunter, who was at the time a 17-year-old production assistant for the made-for-TV film “Death of a Salesman,” penned a column in The Hollywood Reporter, claiming Hoffman made unwanted sexual advances toward her in 1985:
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.
The former Hollywood intern went on to write she had several experiences like that with the well-known actor.
“I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman,” Hunter admitted. “Until I didn’t.”
“The Graduate” star spoke out early Wednesday afternoon on the accusations, saying he has the “utmost respect” for women.
“[I] feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” Hoffman told THR in a statement. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
The allegation against Hoffman comes just days after “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp, 46, of making unwanted sexual advances toward him when he was just 14-years-old.
Spacey apologized for his behavior, though he said he doesn’t recall the alleged incident. The 58-year-old actor also used his statement to come out as gay.
Several allegations have surfaced in the wake of the dozens of sexual assault claims staring down disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. In mid-October, actor Sam Elliott described the fallout over Weinstein as the “best thing that’s happened to Hollywood in a long time.”
“Once you’ve given that kind of strength that this unveiling has given to a given population — the women of the world — how can you take it back?” he said at the time.