FILE PHOTO: 69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 – John Oliver accepts the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
NEW YORK: Comedian John Oliver confronted Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman on stage about a sexual harassment accusation, offering an audience in New York on Monday a rare glimpse of a powerful man facing live questions about such an allegation, reported Reuters.
Hoffman is among a number of rich and famous men who have been accused of sexual misconduct since October when Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault.
Hoffman’s accuser, Anna Graham Hunter, said in a Nov. 1 story in The Hollywood Reporter that Hoffman was flirtatious, grabbed her buttocks and talked about sex in front of her when she was a 17-year-old intern on a film set in 1985.
Reuters could not independently confirm Hunter’s accusations.
Hoffman, 80, apologized for putting her “in an uncomfortable situation,” telling the magazine that the woman’s account was “not reflective of who I am.”
On Monday Hoffman added that, “it didn’t happen the way she reported,” according to a Deadline Hollywood account of the exchange in New York.
A spokesperson for Hoffman was not immediately available to comment on Monday’s exchange.
Story first published: 6th December 2017