The number of sexual misconduct allegations against actor Dustin Hoffman continues to grow, with three women making new claims in an exclusive report by Variety this week.
CrimeOnline previously reported that Hoffman had already been accused by three other women of behavior including sexual assault and propositioning for sex. One of the decades-old allegations involved a girl who was 17 at the time.
As detailed in the most recent bombshell report, another accuser says she was a teen and still in high school when the actor exposed himself to her. Cori Thomas said she was in a hotel room with Hoffman when the incident occurred.
She said she went to school with the actor’s daughter, Karina, and was 16 when she met him.
One Sunday afternoon, Thomas recalled going to a bookstore and out to dinner with her friend and her famous father.
At one point, she said the soon-to-be-divorced Hoffman took the girls to see the apartment he was having renovated to become his permanent residence after his separation from actress Anne Byrne.
The opportunity to spend time with the legendary actor seemed at the time like a dream come true. When he approached her in that apartment, however, she claims her entire outlook changed.
“He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” she said. “He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually.”
She said the horrifying experience marked the first time she had ever seen a naked man.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Thomas said. “And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time.”
During production of the 1987 film Ishtar, another woman says he sexually assaulted her. Melissa Kester told Variety that her boyfriend was working on audio for the movie, which led to her meeting Hoffman personally on several occasions.
In front of her boyfriend and another man, Kester said Hoffman grabbed her and brazenly assaulted her.
“And as he’s doing that, he literally just stuck his fingers down my pants,” she said. “He put his fingers inside me.”
The forcible act lasted for as long as 20 seconds, she said, and was not observed by either of the other men in the room. She said she never told her boyfriend, whom she said she dated for several years after the experience.
Kester claims Hoffman called her multiple times in the aftermath of the incident, ultimately causing her to fear for her safety. She finally told him not to contact her anymore, and he complied.
The final accusation included in the latest report was from a woman who wished not to be identified and claimed Hoffman forced himself on her while they were inside a car, ending in a traumatizing sexual encounter.
She claimed she had a bit part in the film and he made her feel important and desirable.
Early one morning, he allegedly talked her into allowing him to give her a ride home. The two rode in the back of a station wagon with other passengers nearby.
“And he just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do. He’s smiling at me. I was frozen. I was outside of my body.”
An attorney for the actor responded to the Variety report by calling the latest allegations “defamatory falsehoods.”
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