Dustin Hoffman becomes latest Hollywood player to be accused of sexual harassment

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing a 17-year old production assistant on the set of a film some 31 years ago.

But with the benefit of hindsight, she alleges that he was a "predator" and a man "who had power over me and abused it" - a story that's unfortunately becoming all too familiar in recent weeks.

Hunter claims the "Kramer vs. Kramer" star, then 47, asked for a foot massage, grabbed her buttocks and talked openly about sex.

"Until I didn't", she writes, citing that by the second week on set, Hoffman started to ask about her sex life.

She wrote: '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.

She goes on to detail a series of inappropriate comments and touching incidents that ultimately prompted her to complain to Hoffman" "I told him that I didn't appreciate his wandering hands or his comments.

If her claims seem remarkably clear after three decades, it may be because Hunter is reportedly using letters she wrote at the time to inform them.

"Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times", she recounts from diary-like passages written when she was 17.

"He took off his hat and pointed to his head (shaved for the part) and said, "No, I'm a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair". Her high school self had a job she was excited about, working closely with heroes like Hoffman and John Malkovich, whom she'd grown up seeing on the screen.

Hunter also wrote that her supervisor victim-blamed her told her harassment was something she would just have to tolerate because it came with the job.

In her column, Graham admits she's "conflicted" about revealing the alleged harassment because she still loves the actor's work and said he apologized. "I am sorry", Hoffman said in a statement to the magazine.

Hoffman joins a long and seemingly never-ending list of names accused of sexual assault in the movie business. "Dustin's a pig, however I like him a considerable measure".

"The bad news is [my supervisor] said it's too bad [the harassment] became an issue". When she responded irritably, he changed his mind: "Your right breast". She claimed his harassment had "disillusioned" her and the sexual harassment towards her and another production assistant, Elizabeth, was escalating.

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