Three much more females have accused the actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, offering detailed allegations of encounters in a recording studio, in a station wagon and in a hotel room decades ago, according to interviews published Thursday in Assortment.
The article quoted a letter to Variety’s owner Penske Media Corp., from Mr. Hoffman’s lawyer, Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt, calling the accusations against the actor “defamatory falsehoods.”
A voice mail message left for Mr. Neubauer and an email to a representative had been not returned on Friday.
Selection identified two of the females by name, and the third spoke anonymously about the encounters with the now 80-year-old actor.
One of them, Cori Thomas, told Range that she was a 16-year-old pal of Mr. Hoffman’s daughter, Karina, and an aspiring actor when she met Mr. Hoffman in 1980. She mentioned that the 3 of them spent a Sunday walking around Manhattan. Then they all went to Mr. Hoffman’s hotel space to wait for Ms. Thomas’s parents to pick her up, she told Variety.
Following Karina left, Mr. Hoffman took a shower and emerged with a towel wrapped around him, “which he dropped,” Ms. Thomas told Selection. “He was standing there naked. I consider I almost collapsed, in fact. It was the very first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do.”
She said Mr. Hoffman sooner or later put on a robe, sat on the bed, and asked her to massage his feet. She complied.
“I didn’t know what to do in the circumstance,” Ms. Thomas told Variety. “I didn’t know that I could say no, so I did it. And he kept telling me, ‘I’m naked. Do you want to see?’ ” At some point the telephone rang — it was her mother, who had arrived at the hotel to pick her up, she said.
Ms. Thomas, the daughter of the Liberian ambassador to the United Nations at the time, mentioned she did not inform her mother what had happened till decades later. She said she told close friends and a household member some years later.
In an email on Friday, Ms. Thomas, a playwright, confirmed that Assortment had accurately reported her account. She wrote that she had often believed her encounter with Mr. Hoffman was an isolated one till she saw yet another woman’s account final month.
“I comprehend now, that the cause this continued to occur to other folks, was because of my silence,” she wrote, “and I really feel guilty about that but I hadn’t even processed how badly this shamed and hurt me. Like many others who have had related experiences, I thought somehow I was to blame, but no much more!”
Melissa Kester, an additional woman quoted in Variety, stated she met Mr. Hoffman when he was functioning on the 1987 movie “Ishtar.” Ms. Kester was dating a man who worked on the music for the film, and 1 day she went to the studio where Mr. Hoffman was recording a vocal track.
As her boyfriend and an engineer had been busy with technical adjustments, Mr. Hoffman mentioned from inside the booth: “‘Send Melissa in here. I’m bored,’ ” she told Variety.
He began to hug her although he was singing, she stated, visible to the other men via a window only from the chest up.
“And as he’s doing that, he actually just stuck his fingers down my pants,” and groped her genitals, Ms. Kester mentioned.
She estimated that Hoffman kept his fingers there until he finished the take. Then she moved away from him.
In an e mail on Friday, Ms. Kester said the Variety account was correct, and that she had been motivated to come forward to serve as a part model for her daughter.
A third woman, who was not identified, said she met Mr. Hoffman when she was offered a nonspeaking part in “Ishtar” in a scene filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York. Mr. Hoffman offered to give her a ride home following a celebration, and they climbed into the back seat of a full station wagon, where he groped her. She described later going to his apartment in
“a kind of fugue state” set off by her encounter with Mr. Hoffman and abuse she suffered as a child. They had sex.
Asked by Range if she would describe the encounter in the station wagon as nonconsensual, she mentioned “yes.” As for the encounter at the San Remo, she stated, “I don’t know,” Assortment reported.
The Hollywood Reporter also published equivalent accounts on Thursday, including from Ms. Thomas, Ms. Kester and Kathryn Rossetter, an actress who said Mr. Hoffman groped her repeatedly while they were each in a Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman” in 1983.
The reports follow an essay for The Hollywood Reporter final month by Anna Graham Hunter, who stated that the actor groped her and utilised sexually explicit language in front of her in the course of the generating of the 1985 tv film “Death of a Salesman,” when she was a 17-year-old production assistant. Ms. Thomas mentioned the essay was what prompted her to come forward.
At the time, Mr. Hoffman responded to Ms. Hunter’s account with a statement saying: “I have the utmost respect for girls and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have place her in an uncomfortable circumstance. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
Published at Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:05:34 +0000