The list of male Hollywood stars accused of sexual assault continues to grow this week, with well-known actor Dustin Hoffman being the latest culprit, named by a former production assistant who told her story in an essay published in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.
Anna Graham Hunter was working on the 1985 TV movie adaption of “Death of a Salesman” when she said the alleged sexual harassment occurred.
“When I was a senior in high school in New York City, interning as a production assistant on the set of the ‘Death of a Salesman’ TV film, he asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” Hunter wrote in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, released Wednesday.
“He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me. One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. Then he said, ‘I’ll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.’ His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried.”
Hunter detailed how she was allegedly treated by the Oscar winner, who was 48 at the time, in a series of letters she’d written to her sister during her internship.
During her second week on set, Hunter claims that Hoffman, now 80, inquired as to whether she’d had sex over the weekend like he’d instructed, noting that she was “cracking up” at the conversation at the time.
In another letter just three days later, she described Hoffman as a “lech,” saying that his harassment had “disillusioned” her — and that the alleged harassment against her and another production assistant, Elizabeth, had escalated. Hunter alleged that Hoffman told Elizabeth he wanted her “right breast” for lunch, prompting the PA to call him a pig — but that it did little to quell his alleged bad behavior, even on the very same day.
“When I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times,” she recalled. “I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man. He took off his hat and pointed to his head (shaved for the part) and said, ‘No, I’m a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair.’”
The next week, Hunter wrote, “This morning when I asked Dustin what he wanted for breakfast, he said something that beat even his lows. It was worse than anything anyone has ever said to me on the street. It was so gross I couldn’t say anything. I just turned around and walked out.”
It seems like to make it in #Hollywood one must either be a sexual monster, an enabler, or a silent victim.
— Don Shappelle (@DonShappelle) November 1, 2017
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 1, 2017
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