Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual harassment by another woman

Frederick Owens
December 12, 2017

Rossetter alleged she had an "horrific, demoralising and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols" while starring with Hoffman in the 1984 Broadway production of Death Of A Salesman.

Hunter's allegations against the actor recently prompted comedian and "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver to publicly question Hoffman during an anniversary screening of his film "Wag the Dog".

On Friday, the trade ran the account of actress Kathryn Rossetter, who worked alongside Hoffman in the Broadway revival production of "Death of a Salesman" in 1983 as well as the TV movie.

"There I am - big smile and my arm moving toward his with the intention to push it away", Rossetter wrote. "Suddenly he grabs the bottom of my slip and pulls it up over my head, exposing my breasts and body to the crew and covering my face", she said. He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. She says Hoffman groped her nightly between scenes, and squeezed her breast anytime they took pictures together.

She said Hoffman would regularly grope her.

She said that when she reunited with Hoffman to film the screen version of Death Of A Salesman, she filmed her part as the Woman in Boston in just three days so she "had no knowledge of his treatment of interns or any other women". I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried'. "I would stop at his calves", she wrote. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast. She said she has one picture "where the camera caught him in the act".

Representatives for Hoffman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his attorneys put the Hollywood Reporter in touch with several people who worked on the show who said they didn't recall any of the alleged behavior.

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Hoffman had earlier put out a statement following Graham Hunter's allegations, saying: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad 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'.

A second woman, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, then said Hoffman propositioned her inappropriately during a business meeting in 1991.

Rossetter ended her THR column by writing about Hoffman: "He robbed me of my joy in the experience and he left dirty fingerprints on my soul".

"It just doesn't ring true", says Kelly.

But Oliver dismissed Hoffman's apology, adding that it's "that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off".

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