John Oliver grills Dustin Hoffman over sexual misconduct claims

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2017

During a panel that celebrated the 20th anniversary for the screening of the film, Wag the Dog, the host of the panel, John Oliver, engaged in a heated conversation with Hoffman in regards to the allegation. It was tense, it was infuriating, and it was extremely gratifying to watch. Hoffman asked the HBO host, who mentioned accusations by a former 17-year-old intern on the set of Hoffman's 1985 TV movie "Death of a Salesman".

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", Hoffman said at the time. I am sorry. It is not a reflection of who I am.

For the full interview panel discussion, see the video below.

"CBS News correspondent Laura Podesta tweeted, "'You've made this incredible assumption about me, sir, ' Hoffman said to Oliver.

Oliver said that he was particularly bothered by the part in Hoffman's initial statement that said it was "not reflective of" who he was. You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen. Why the...didn't I say something?

"Hoffman admitted to Oliver that his statement was meant to deflect blame: "...

He recalled: "I said when I came home to my wife that I never realised men were that were brutal, that men are that obvious".

Which is the kind of meaningless apology that puts the blame on the person you're supposed to be apologizing to. "If I met her, it was in concert with other people". At the time that the incident occurred, Hoffman was 48 years old. Everyone was saying it to each other.


Hoffman continued, "We were doing this [acting on a set]". He noted that the film they were gathering to discuss, "Wag The Dog", dealt with sexual misconduct by a powerful man.

"Well, there's a point in her not bringing this up for 40 years", Hoffman retorted. In the video of the conversation below, Hoffman does appear to defend making sexualized jokes on set with the cast and crew.

But allegations of sexual harassment are not what got podcaster and White Famous actor Michael Rapaport all riled up. "It feels like a cop-out to say, 'It wasn't me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?" 'Why the ... didn't I say something? It feels like dismissals or recontextualizing it is not addressing it. "It doesn't seem self-reflective in the way that the incident demands". Specifically, they focus on how one particular screen-accurate replica of Cheabacca's mask from Star Wars was made, going through the step-by-step process.

"Do you believe this stuff you read?"

"I believe what she wrote, yes". "There's no point in her lying".

Actor Dustin Hoffman attends 2017 Governor Awards, on November 11, 2017, in Hollywood, California. It was nothing to him, and therefore he thought she was overreacting.

"I can't leave certain things unaddressed", Oliver said, according to Deadline.

The auditorium erupted in applause.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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