Actor Dustin Huffman has been accused of sexual harassment, in claims made by a 17-year old intern in 1985.
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, writer Anna Graham Hunter alleges that the now 80-year old groped her on the set of TV movie Death of a Salesman.
She told the publication that Hoffman asked her to give him a foot massage, which she obliged.
“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.”
According to Hunter, she wrote of the incidents, which took place over the five weeks on set, and mailed the diary to her sister.
In the diary she describes Hoffman ‘slapping her ass four times’ and claims that on set, she was told to put up with his behavior.
The supervisor said to “sacrifice” some of her values for the sake of the production.
She wrote: “Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times. I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man.”
“At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere,” she wrote, reflecting.
“He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment. As to how it fits into my own pattern, I imagine I’ll be figuring that out for years to come.”
Hunter also recounts Hoffman saying he wanted her ‘right breast for lunch’ and instructed her to make sure she had sex at the weekend.
He also inferred that Hunter wanted fellow actor Warren Beatty to ‘f*** her’ when he visited the set in 1985. Hoffman is alleged to have said ‘You may well have undressed yourself. You were saying, ‘F—k me, f—k me, Warren.’”
Hoffman apologised in a statement saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation.
I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
Wednesday has also seen six women accuse director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment, including actor Olivia Munn.