Five More Women Accuse Dustin Hoffman Of Sexual Assault
Five new women have come forward and accused Dustin Hoffman, 80, of sexual harassment or assault.
DUSTIN HOFFMAN NEWS: 5 MORE WOMEN COME FORWARD WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
According to a report by Variety, the actor exposed himself to a teenager in 1980, assaulted an actress on set of 1987’s Ishtar, and that same year assaulted a woman in the back of a car. The Hollywood Reporter met with a woman named Pauline who said that, when she was just 15, Hoffman masturbated in front of her. Another woman claimed Hoffman forced her to perform oral sex on her when she was 21 and Hoffman was acting in All the President’s Men.
An attorney for Hoffman wrote to Variety‘s parent company, Penske Media Corporation, calling the accusations “defamatory falsehoods.”
The magazine further reports that a friend of Hoffman’s daughter, Cori Thomas, then 16, was left alone in the actor’s hotel room after her friend had gone home. “He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” Thomas said. “He was standing there naked.” Eventually, she shares, Hoffman put his robe back on and asked her for a foot massage. Thankfully, her mother called that she was waiting downstairs to pick her up and she left.
While shooting Ishtar, Melissa Kester says that Hoffman stuck his fingers down her pants when they shared a recording booth. A third woman, who chose to remain anonymous, reports that during a ride home from the set of Ishtar, Hoffman inserted his fingers into her. “There are people inches from us,” she said. “And he just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me. I didn’t know what to do. He’s smiling at me. I was frozen. I was outside of my body.” She further said that she met Hoffman at his apartment, where they had sex, but she is unsure if the events of that evening were consensual.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pauline met Hoffman in New York in 1973 when she was 15-years-old and he, 36. He started a friendship with her and invited her to a premiere of one of his films. He later lured her to his apartment under the rouse of meeting his daughter’s new puppy, only to expose himself to her and masturbate. “I’d never even seen a naked man before. I had never seen anything like it. I didn’t know what to say,” she recalled. “I didn’t tell anybody. I was just crying. I never told anybody — it was so embarrassing.”
The last woman in THR went by “Carolyn” and was 21 in 1975 when Hoffman was in DC shooting All the President’s Men. Carolyn was a city tour guide at the time, and met Hoffman on her tour bus. Afterward, the actor’s assistant told Carolyn that Hoffman would like to see her again, and she later met him at the Watergate hotel.
Later when Carolyn confessed she wanted to leave, Hoffman responded, “Go home? You don’t think you’re getting out of here without having sex, do you?” The woman claims that the actor blocked the door and gave her two options of sex acts to do with him. The two ended up exchanging oral sex against her will. When she left, she states that Hoffman offered her a $20 for a cab ride home.
These five new accounts of sexual assault by Hoffman come in the wake of Kathryn Rossetter‘s allegation that Hoffman groped her “night after night” offstage of the 1983-84 production of Death of a Salesman. Anna Graham Hunter also accused the actor of sexually harassing her when she was a 17-year-old production assistant on the Death of a Salesman TV movie in 1985. Hoffman apologized to Hunter, but said the allegations were “not reflective of who I am.”
In total, eight woman have spoken out about sexual assault by Hoffman.