Dustin Hoffman is the latest star to get swept up in the tsunami of sexual harassment allegations swamping Hollywood.
A former intern, Anna Graham Hunter, says she was 17 in 1985 when Hoffman "felt my ass four times," insisted she give him a foot massage and placed an unusual breakfast order in his dressing room on the set of the TV movie "Death of a Salesman." "I'll have a hard-boiled egg," he reportedly told her, "and a soft-boiled clitoris."
"At 49," Hunter writes in a guest column published by The Hollywood Reporter, "I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere. He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment."
Hoffman, 80, is now apologizing. "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation," he says. "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."
Hoffman's name is now etched on a rapidly growing list of powerful Hollywood men who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault in the wake of last month's devastating expose of producer Harvey Weinstein in The New York Times and The New Yorker. Similar stories have since surfaced about actors Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven and Andy Dick as well as directors Brett Ratner, Oliver Stone and James Toback, among others.
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