December 17, 2017

John Oliver argues with Dustin Hoffman over abuse claims

07 December 2017, 07:53 | Elsie Buchanan

John Oliver argues with Dustin Hoffman over abuse claims

'Oh Dustin' ... Hoffman publicly questioned on harassment claim

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver questioned actor Dustin Hoffman at a Tribeca Film panel on December 4 about sexual harassment allegations made against him. It was tense, it was infuriating, and it was extremely gratifying to watch. According to a report carried by the Washington Post, Oliver brought up the issue in middle of the discussion saying, "This is something we're going to have to talk about because it's hanging in the air". "It's just that, "it's not reflective of who I am"? it's that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off". I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am'. You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen.

Hoffman responded to the story, saying, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation".

Requests for further comment from Hoffman's and Oliver's reps were not immediately returned to ABC News. "There's a key the quote...and that is if I did anything that was out of sorts or if I embarrassed her, I apologize". Hoffman said. "From a few things you've read, you've made an incredible assumption about me", he noted, adding sarcastically, "You've made the case better than anyone else can". You say things. So suddenly, one of the things was, you come to work on Monday, 'Did you have sex Friday?' You break it up. I said a stupid thing, but I said it in the midst of the crew, and they said their stupid things. In the video of the conversation below, Hoffman does appear to defend making sexualized jokes on set with the cast and crew. "I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried".

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Oliver doesn't agree with Hoffman, either, saying, "I gotta say, I don't love that response either".

As per The Washington Post scribe Steve Zeitchik, Hoffman "grew visibly uncomfortable" as Oliver confronted him, which was followed by a back-and-forth between the two.

Dade Hayes also tweeted about the incident 'Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver getting into it at Tribeca Film Institute benefit. He added, "It feels like dismissals or recontextualizing it is not addressing it". - Hoffman "It doesn't seem self-reflective in the way the situation demands".

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You want to expect more from a woman, but then, this is a woman who has managed to make an extremely successful career for herself in Hollywood despite the boys club of it all.

"You also have the way men and women worked together [in the past]; you are in a situation where 'that was then, this is now, '" Rosenthal said.

Despite the other members on the panel's attempt to move the conversation forward and focus on the film they were all there to discuss, Hoffman circled back to the topic at hand, accusing Oliver of having a closed mind. Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg ... and a soft-boiled clitoris.' His entourage burst out laughing.

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"Yes", Oliver replied. "Because there's no point in [an accuser] lying".

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