Watch John Oliver Confront Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Dustin Hoffman & John Oliver Get Heated Over Harassment Claims

Dustin Hoffman & John Oliver Get Heated Over Harassment Claims

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver questioned actor Dustin Hoffman at a Tribeca Film panel on December 1 about sexual harassment allegations made against him.

Hoffman had said in an earlier statement that the 1985 incident "is not reflective of who I am", which Oliver seized on and called a "cop-out", adding: "It is reflective of who you were".

"It's hanging in the air?".

"I gotta say I don't love that response either", Oliver replied, to which Hoffman said: "What response do you want?"

"You take it, 'This is an assaulter, this is a female assaulter, he's admitted it, '" he said, adding he felt like he was "put on display" at the panel meant to be focused on something else. Hoffman was keen to point out that his apology was not an admission of guilt and that it was framed as a conditional, saying: "if I did anything that was out of sorts or embarrassed her, I apologize".

After Hunter published her allegations, other stories surfaced about Hoffman's alleged inappropriate behaviour with former co-stars.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", Hoffman said at the time.

But Oliver didn't let go, and referred to the statement Hoffman released after the allegations surfaced: "You've made one statement in print". "I never met her; if I met her, it was in concert with other people".

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Later on in the squabble, footage of which was supplied to The Washington Post, Hoffman then challenges Oliver on why he believed the accuser. "It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off", Oliver stated. "It is reflective of who you were", Oliver said. There was a period of time when you were a creeper around women.

The hour-long session ended shortly after, as the two were unable to move past the issue.

Oliver is clearly trying to put Hoffman on the spot.

Oliver said Hoffman's responses fell short of community expectations.

"Do you believe this stuff that you're reading?"

"Well, there's a point in her not bringing this up for 40 years", Hoffman said. 'Why the ... didn't I say something?

"I'm glad [I wasn't there]", the host replied.

"I can't leave certain things unaddressed", Oliver said, according to Deadline. "The easy way is not to bring anything up". According to the Washington Post, about midway through the conversation about the film - which, point of fact, begins with a powerful man accused of groping an underage woman - to broach Anna Graham Hunter's accusation that Hoffman harassed her on a film set when she was 17, as well as Hoffman's own recollection of groping Katharine Ross on the set of The Graduate. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself.

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