Entertainment Dustin Hoffman Is Being Defended Against Sexual Harassment Claims

10:21  05 november  2017
10:21  05 november  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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Dustin Hoffman is being defended after earlier claims were made against him that he had sexually harassed a woman while performing in "Death of a Salesman." Writer Accuses Dustin Hoffman Of Sexual Harassment .

Dustin Hoffman in 'Death of a Salesman' (Photo: Top250). She claims that on set, she was told to put up with his behavior by a supervisor who told “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.”

Dustin Hoffman wearing a suit and tie© Provided by IBT US

Following allegations by two women that he had sexually harassed them in the 1980s and early 1990s, actor Dustin Hoffman has found an ally in his "Death of a Salesman" director, Volker Schlöndorff, who has defended him against the claims that have been made against him.

The first reports that Hoffman has sexually harassed someone came earlier this week, when Anna Graham Hunter came forward in The Hollywood Reporter, saying that in 1985, when she was a 17-year-old production assistant intern on the set of "Death of a Salesman," Hoffman made unwanted sexual advances towards her and made vulgar statements, and also requested that she give him a foot massage on her first day on set, a request she complied with.

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If ( Dustin ) knew that she would be upset when he was teasing her, he wouldn't have done it." Since the publication of Hunter's account, a second allegation of sexual harassment against Hoffman , from screenwriter Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, has surfaced.

Since her claims went public, screenwriter Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also came forward to allege that Hoffman propositioned her during a meeting in 1991.

Hoffman hasn't responded to Gatsiounis' claims, but he did apologize for his actions against Hunter, admitting he wasn't aware they had upset anyone, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

"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."

Now in a new statement to the same magazine, Schlöndorff, who directed Hoffman in the play, claims that Hunter's account of what happened was a "mischaracterization" and likening him to a predator was "going too far," because Hoffman was not only known as a "kidder" on set, but had also requested foot rubs from others as well because he was often on his feet for 16 hours at a time.

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Another Hollywood celebrity is being accused of sexual harassment . Actor Dustin Hoffman has been described as a “predator” by a writer who claims the star made sustained, unwanted sexual advances on her in 1985

Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing a former production assistant when she was 17 years old. It is not reflective of who I am .” The allegations are the latest in a slew of sexual harassment , assault and abuse claims against Hollywood heavyweights, including James Toback

"Everybody gave him a foot massage now and then, on the set, amidst the chaos, nothing ambiguous about it," he said.

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Director Volker Schlondorff has spoken out in light of harassment claims made against Dustin Hoffman , saying the actor just liked to joke around. Dustin Hoffman was been accused of sexually harassing 17-year-old intern Anna Graham Hunter in 1985

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He also added that he knew Hoffman wouldn't have continued any behavior that made Hunter uncomfortable if he had known it was bothering her.

"If [Dustin] knew that she would be upset when he was teasing her, he wouldn't have done it," he added.

The accusations against Hoffman came in the same week that several others were also accused of similar incidents, and in some cases. Harvey Weinstein, whose own exposure as a serial offender took an even more shocking turn this week when actress Paz de la Huerta accused him of raping her, and New York police said they had enough with her claims to potentially charge Weinstein with a crime.

In addition, Kevin Spacey saw Netflix sever all ties with him, and he was fired from the final season of his hit series for the streaming service, "House of Cards," after several actors and crew members from the show came forward with allegations he had sexually assaulted or harassed them. Brett Ratner, a director and producer known for several hit films was also the subject of accusations if harassment and assault by several actresses in a Los Angeles Times article, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

Dustin Hoffman is being defended after earlier claims were made against him that he had sexually harassed a woman while performing in "Death of a Salesman." Here, he is pictured during the Q&A session for the official Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences screening of "The Meyerowitz Stories" in New York on Oct. 3, 2017. Photo: Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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