John Oliver Confronts Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment Allegations


On Twitter, the Washington Post's Steven Zeitchik wrote, "All hell has now broken loose on this Wag The Dog panel".

Dustin Hoffman accused John Oliver of putting him "on display" as they engaged in a heated discussion about the sexual harassment allegations against the actor during a film Q&A, according to a U.S. report.

During the Q&A panel, Oliver reportedly said to Hoffman: "This is something we're going to have to talk about because... it's hanging in the air". Hoffman subsequently issued an apology.

Responding to the remark, Hoffman said: "It's hanging in the air?" Hoffman asked Oliver. "From a few things you've read you've made an incredible assumption about me".

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Hoffman, who returned to the tense subject several times during the panel discussion, adamantly denied groping Graham Hunter and said he didn't even remember meeting her.

Oliver, 40, asked the Oscar-winning actor whether he believed the statement he issued following Hunter's allegations - in which Hoffman said the claims were "not reflective of who I am" - was "enough". "I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people".

Oliver was at the helm of a 45 minute Q&A with Dustin Hoffman, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson before a 20th anniversary screening of Wag The Dog.

However, Oliver pressed forward with his criticism, saying "It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off". Oliver said. "It is reflective of who you were". There was a period of time when you were creeping around women. "It feels like a cop-out to say, 'this isn't me.' Do you see how this feels like a dismissal?"

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"It's that kind of response to this stuff that p***** me off", Oliver said. "You have indicted me", he said. "The theme of the movie is he became a better man by having been a woman".

Kathy Griffin tweeted: 'You did a good thing @iamjohnoliver. "The easy way is not to bring anything up". That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, "Why the fuck didn't I say something? No one stands up to powerful men". Riss Gatsiounis was in her 20s, and Hoffman was 53. In a federal lawsuit, Greene said Farenthold had confided that he hadn't had sex with his wife in years, told another aide he had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about Greene, and fired Greene after she complained about the comments.

Hoffman apologised following the allegation, saying he has "the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", and that his alleged behaviour "is not reflective of who I am".

Hoffman continued: "One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time".

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