Dustin Hoffman has been added to the list of Hollywood superstars accused of sexual harassment.
A former production assistant came forward with allegations against Hoffman on Wednesday, Page Six reports.
Anna Graham Hunter claimed the now-80-year-old sexually harassed her while she was 17 years old, working on the set of “Death of a Salesman” as a production assistant in 1985.
In an essay written for The Hollywood Reporter, Hunter said the harassment began with Hoffman first asking her for a foot rub. It escalated when she went to take his breakfast order one morning, and he made a vulgar comment.
“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.”
Hunter told her sister about Hoffman’s conduct in a series of letters she wrote to her while working on the set.
She told her sister that during her second week on set, Hoffman asked her whether or not she had sex over the weekend like he asked her to, while admitting she was “cracking up” at the conversation.
Just three days later, she called Hoffman a “lech,” and described an encounter between the then-48-year-old and another production assistant he allegedly sexually harassed. When the assistant, named Elizabeth, asked for his lunch order, he told her he wanted her “left breast.” According to Hunter’s letter, the assistant called him “disgusting” and a “pig.”
Hunter said that an office assistant told her if producer Bob Colesberry would have heard the production assistant’s words to Hoffman, “she would have been gone in a second.”
That same day, Hunter said Hoffman “felt my a– four times” while she was walking him to his limo.
“I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man. He took off his hat and pointed to his head (shaved for the part) and said, ‘No, I’m a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair.'”
Hunter finally told Hoffman off after “he said something that beat even his lows. It was worse than anything anyone has ever said to me on the street. It was so gross I couldn’t say anything. I just turned around and walked out.”
She said he apologized after that and was kind to her following the incident, but just days later he made more vulgar comments to her.
The Hollywood Reporter contacted Hoffman after Hunter’s allegations. He didn’t deny them but apologized instead.
“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.”
Hoffman was hailed as a feminist after an interview about his movie “Tootsie”. In the interview, Hoffman is brought to tears when he speaks about the unfair standards women are held to, and how women are judged and treated based on their physical appearance.
[Feature image: Associated Press]