Dustin Hoffman Accused of Sexually Harassing a 17-Year-Old on Set of 1985's 'Death of a Salesman'
By Alex Ungerman
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Dustin Hoffman has been accused of inappropriate conduct with a 17-year-old on the set of the 1985 TV movie, Death of a Salesman.
Writer Anna Graham Hunter penned a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, where she alleges the now-80-year-old actor sexually harassed her while she was a production intern on the film.
Warning: Hunter's piece contains depictions and accusations of lewd and coarse language.
"One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time," Hunter writes, claiming, "Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.' His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried."
Hunter includes in her story excerpts of letters she wrote to her sister at the time, where she accuses Hoffman of a number of things, including once asking her, "So, did you have sex over the weekend like I told you?" and at another point allegedly saying something that was "worse than anything anyone has ever said to me on the street. It was so gross I couldn't say anything. I just turned around and walked out."
"He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my a**, he talked about sex to me and in front of me," she alleges. "There was so much I loved about being on set — taking John Malkovich's lunch orders and falling more deeply in love every time he spoke to me or said my name ... And yes, I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman. Until I didn't."
"At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere," Hunter writes, claiming, "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."
In response to Hunter's story, Hoffman told THR in a statement, "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."