Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Dustin Hoffman "Sexually Harassed Me When I Was 17", Woman Says

Dustin Hoffman

AN ex-film worker yesterday claimed The Graduate star Dustin Hoffman groped and sexually harassed her when she was 17.

"He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me", Anna Graham Hunter wrote for the Hollywood Reporter.

During her second week on set, Hunter claims that Hoffman, now 80, inquired as to whether she'd had sex over the weekend like he'd instructed, noting that she was "cracking up" at the conversation at the time.

Schlondorf, however, says Hunter has mischaracterised Hoffman's behaviour, and insists the actor was "a kidder" on the set. "A joke, a running gag, everybody laughed at".

Riss Gatsiounis was in her twenties at the time, while Hoffman was 53.

The woman tried to ignore it and continue pitching her play. "If ( Dustin) knew that she would be upset when he was teasing her, he wouldn't have done it". Like a lot of victims of sexual harassment, she is conflicted about her own experience. And I kind of patted her and gave her a little [pinch] and she turned on me and later we became friends, but at that moment, she just whirled on me and said, [Hoffman adopts rough, angry voice] "Don't you ever do that to me again". This time, Genius producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis has come forward to tell her tale of harassment, which occurred in 1991.

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But during their second meeting, Riss Gatsiounis claims Hoffman propositioned her.

Around her third week, there was an incident when Hoffman allegedly answered Hunter's inquiry about his breakfast order with, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg ... and a soft-boiled clitoris.' When Hunter was relaying this story to a coworker, Hoffman made a scene asking the intern if she thought he was a 'sexist pig.' Hunter told Hoffman she didn't appreciate his advances or wandering hands.

Referring to another incident the same day, Anna wrote: "When I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times. He took off his hat and pointed to his head and said: "No, I'm a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair". It was so gross I couldn't say anything.

After this, she was told that they weren't interested in her play.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation". And yes, I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman. "I want to weep that she found this charming". She said she witnessed him talk about women's breasts and even said she received unwanted physical contact from the actor.

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