“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman said.“I never met her; if I met her, it was in concert with other people.” [ Ballet chief Peter Martins under investigation after sexual harassment allegations ] Oliver dismissed that as insufficient, then cited Hoffman’s response at the time of the allegation that the actor’s behavior on set was “not reflective of” who he really is.” Hoffman accused Oliver of “putting me on display” and said he felt blindsided because neither Oliver nor Tribeca organizers had told him that the moderator would raise the subject. “Oh, Dustin,” Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand. Let’s look at real sexual criminal predators.” “That’s a low bar,” Oliver retorted.Several times, however, Oliver sought to move on and talk about the film, but Hoffman returned to the subject of harassment, growing testy as he said Oliver was not keeping an “open mind” while unquestionably believing accusers. At one point, Rosenthal tried to jump in and defuse the situation. The back-and-forth mainly centered on the Graham Hunter allegations, and also at times invoked an accusation by Hoffman’s “The Graduate” co-star Katharine Ross that he had groped her on the set of the classic film.
I’m guilty.” The “Last Week Tonight” personality was moderating a 20th-anniversary screening panel at the 92nd Street Y on behalf of the Tribeca Institute, with stars Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson on the stage.
Hoffman had offered a conditional apology at the time of the allegation, and on Monday he underscored an “if” included in that statement, noting several times that he didn’t really believe he had done anything wrong.
He said that he had not engaged in groping, that he didn’t recall meeting Graham Hunter and that all his comments on set were simply how members of “a family” talked to one another.
NEW YORK — HBO host John Oliver hammered Dustin Hoffman about allegations of sexual harassment and the actor fired back with a ferocious defense, as a seemingly benign screening became an explosive conversation about Hollywood sexual misconduct on Monday night.
“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because …
“Well I’m trying harder than you are,” Hoffman shot back. “You weren’t there,” Hoffman said to Oliver about the “Salesman” set.