Oh, Dustin. SMH. This was just…….bad and awkward.
John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman had an uncomfortable exchange during the 20th-anniversary event for Barry Levinson’s Wag the Dog on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Monday night.
The men were discussing Anna Graham Hunter‘s column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she alleged Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate remarks to her while she interned on the 1985 Death of a Salesman TV film. There was also another woman, Genius producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, who told Variety that the famed actor propositioned her during a meeting in 1991.
“You’ve made one statement in print. Does that feel like enough to you?” Oliver asked Hoffman during the panel discussion.
“First of all, it didn’t happen, the way she reported,” Hoffman said. “I still don’t know who this woman is. I never met her. If I met her, it was in concert with other people,” he added specifically to Hunter’s claims.
“It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” Oliver said. “It is reflective of who you were. If it happened and you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t happen. Then there was a period of time for a while when you were creeping around women. It feels like a cop-out to say, ‘well, this isn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”
Hoffman replied, “It’s difficult to answer that question. You weren’t there.”
“I’m glad,” Oliver said.
Watch the uncomfortable exchange below: