Three of Dustin Hoffman’s sexual misconduct accusers have taken to TV to reveal all about their encounters with the actor.
Anna Graham Hunter, Cori Thomas, and Kathryn Rossetter sat down with newswoman Cynthia McFadden for their first television interview, which aired on Monday evening in America as part of the Nightly News with Lester Holt show on NBC.
Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman in Death of a Salesman on Broadway and in the subsequent TV movie, told McFadden her alleged experience with the actor was “humiliating” and “demeaning”.
“People go, ‘How is it to work with Dustin?’ And I tell the half-truth which is, ‘As an actor working with him, I owe him everything’,” she said. “I learned so much and then I would stop and there would always be a knot in my stomach about what the real truth was which is that he was abusive, and he was a bully.”
Rossetter previously wrote a column for The Hollywood Reporter, in which she detailed Hoffman’s inappropriate actions during their stint onstage in 1985.
She alleged the harassment began when she visited the then-married movie star at his hotel room before the play began, and he requested she give him a massage, and the abuse reportedly continued onto the stage.
“One night in Chicago, I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs,” the actress wrote. “I was completely surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for my cues. After the show he was busy with the producer and director so I had no access to him to address it.
“It then happened almost every show. Six to eight shows a week. I couldn’t speak to him in the moment because I was on a live mic. He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast.”
Previous Hoffman accusers include the actor’s The Graduate co-star Katharine Ross, a then-17-year-old Death of a Salesman intern named Anna Graham Hunter and writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis.
During a Wag the Dog 20th anniversary screening, attended by Hoffman and his co-star Robert De Niro earlier this month (Dec17), comedian and TV personality John Oliver took the actor to task about the allegations during a question and answer session.
The stunned The Graduate star accused the moderator of putting him “on display”, adding, “You have indicted me.”
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