Dustin Hoffman speaks out following allegations of sexual harassment in 1985

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Dustin Hoffman is speaking out after sexual harassment allegations were made against him from back in 1985.

Anna Graham Hunter, who was a 17-year-old intern on the TV film Death of a Salesman that year, wrote an essay for the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that claims that Hoffman grabbed her buttocks and made vulgar comments to her — and others — on the set. It started her first day, when he asked for a foot rub. While his sexual comments once had her crying in a bathroom, she also called him out for his antics, slapping his hand after he grabbed her butt over and over and telling him that he was a dirty old man.

“I loved the attention,” Hunter wrote in her essay. “Until I didn’t.”

Dustin Hoffman attends screening of  The Meyerowitz Stories during the 55th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on Oct. 1, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hunter, who is now an author, documented Hoffman’s alleged misconduct 32 years ago in letters she wrote to her sister, which are shared in the story. She said that finding them recently and reading them again made her heart ache “for the awkward virgin with the bad hair who had only been kissed three times in her life, laughing as the man her father’s age talked about breasts and sex. I want to weep that she found this charming.”

Hoffman, who’s now 80, responded to Hunter’s allegations in a statement to THR, saying, “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.”

The two-time Oscar winner, who won an Emmy for his Death of a Salesman performance, has been married to his second wife, Lisa, since 1980.

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