Second woman accuses Tootsie star of harassment


A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against actor Dustin Hoffman.

Production assistant Anna Graham Hunter last week told her story of being harassed by Hoffman when he was 48 in 1985, saying he “grabbed her ass” and made her uncomfortable in rooms with other men.

Now, Variety is reporting the account of screenwriter Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, who says she was harassed by Hoffman roughly five years later when he was 53.

Wendy Riss Gatsiounis said she had two meetings in 1991 with Hoffman and screenwriter Murray Schisgal to talk about adapting her script “A Darker Purpose” into a movie, Variety reported. The playwright said she was in her 20s at the time of the meetings and “The Graduate” actor was 53.

Riss Gatsiounis, who is known for her writing work on television shows “The Killing” and “Reign,” said the first meeting with Hoffman and Schisgal was professional. She was asked to rewrite her film pitch before the second meeting.

In the second meeting, which occurred three weeks after the first, Hoffman acted “really different” Riss Gatsiounis said.

“I go in, and this time it’s, like, Dustin Hoffman’s really different,” Riss Gatsiounis told Variety. “He says, ‘Before you start, let me ask you one question, Wendy — have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?’”

Riss Gatsiounis said she attempted to laugh off the comment but Hoffman kept pressing the question.

“I’ll never forget — he moves back, he opens his arms, and he says, ‘It would be a whole new body to explore,’” she said. “I’m trying to go back to my pitch, and I’m trying to talk about my play. Then Dustin Hoffman gets up and he says he has to do some clothing shopping at a nearby hotel, and did I want to come along? He’s like, ‘Come on, come to this nearby hotel.’”

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