Dustin Hoffman Apologizes For Sexual Harassment

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The latest sexual harassment allegation from Hollywood is aimed at legendary actor Dustin Hoffman.

Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Graham Hunter says Hoffman sexually harassed her while on the set of the 1985 TV film "Death of a Salesman," the Daily Mail reports.

Hunter sets the scene in the introduction to her article:

This is a story I've told so often I'm sometimes surprised when someone I know hasn't heard it. It begins, "Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed me when I was 17." Then I give the details: 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. During my five weeks on set, I detailed my days and mailed dispatches to my sister in London after making copies for myself. Recently, I reread them for the first time in several years.

The foot massage was only the beginning, Hunter says.

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"He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my a*s, 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," she said. "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."

In another journal entry, Hunter wrote: "Dustin said to me today, 'So, did you have sex over the weekend like I told you?'" When she replied in the negative, he countered, "What is this, celibate weekends?"

Soon, according to her journal, her interactions with Hoffman became physical.

"Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my a*s four times. I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man. 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.'''

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Another entry details the time actor Warren Beatty visited the set.

"He smiled and I introduced myself," she wrote of Beatty. "He looked good, but a bit gray."

But later Hoffman allegedly approached her and said, ''You might as well have undressed yourself. You were saying, 'F**k me, f**k me, Warren.'''

Hunter's article concludes: "At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere. He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment. As to how it fits into my own pattern, I imagine I'll be figuring that out for years to come."

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman responded: "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."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Hollywood Reporter / Featured Image: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Anna Graham Hunter/Facebook via Daily Mail, Daily Mail

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