Dustin Hoffman is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. Known for his wide range of acting talents, Hoffman once scored huge praise for playing both a man and a woman in one film.
In the movie ‘Tootsie,’ part of the plot is about an daytime soap actor who constantly gropes at one of the female actresses (Jessica Lang). Hoffman — who pretends to be a woman so he can land a role on the daytime soap — befriends Lang while on set and eventually falls in love with her. Hoffman defends Lang from the sexually aggressive actor, and in doing so reveals that he is really a man only pretending to be a woman. In the end, Hoffman and Lang become a couple.
In real life, Hoffman is being accused of the sort of thing he defended Lang against. For the past few weeks, Hoffman has been defending himself against accusations from women who say he sexually harassed them years ago.
Hoffman’s troubles grew worse Thursday as five additional females came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment — two of them saying they were underage at the time.
Hoffman’s attorney Mark A. Neubauer called the accusations against the actor “defamatory falsehoods” in a letter to Variety’s owner, Pensky Media Corp.
The first woman to step forward in Thursday’s reports, Cori Thomas, told Variety that in 1980, when she was 16, she spent a day in New York with Hoffman and his daughter, a friend of hers. Thomas claims Hoffman revealed his penis to her after he emerged from a shower.
The second accuser, Melissa Kester, told Variety that Hoffman grabbed her in a “kind of flirtatious” way back in 1987 during a recording studio session. She says he then hugged her and stuck his fingers down her pants.
A third woman accused Hoffman of putting his hand up her skirt while they were packed in the back of a cab with other people. She did admit to having sex with him later that evening in his hotel room.
The 4th woman stems back to an incident she says took place in 1973 when she was 15. She says Hoffman invited her to his apartment to see his dog. But instead of showing off his dog, she claims the actor ripped out his penis and began masturbating in front of her. She claims she had never seen a naked man prior to that evening.
The 5th female says she was 21 years old when Hoffman invited her to his hotel room in 1975. He wouldn’t allow her to leave until she performed oral sex on him. She says he then gave her $20 for a cab ride home.
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