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John Oliver Publicly Confronts Dustin Hoffman Over Old Sexual Allegation

An anniversary discussion of the film 'Wag the Dog' took a heated turn when moderator John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman about an allegation of sexual harassment.

Hoffman seemed blindsided and blasted Oliver for bringing up the decades old allegation by a woman named Anna Graham Hunter, now 49, who said that when she was 17 years old Hoffman sexually harassed her several times, including grabbing her inappropriately and making multiple sexual remarks.

In response, Hoffman released a public statement at the time, apologizing for his actions.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation," he said. "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

But the 'Last Week Tonight' host refused to accept that apology.

When Hoffman explained the accusation was 40 years old, Oliver sniped: "I don't love that response either."

"You've made one statement in print. Does that feel like enough to you?," he said.

"First of all, it didn't happen, the way she reported," Hoffman replied. "I still don't know who this woman is. I never met her. If I met her, it was in concert with other people."

"It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off," the HBO host said. "It is reflective of who you were. You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen. There was a period of time when you were creeping around women."

"It feels like a cop-out to say, 'Well, this isn't me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?"

"It's difficult to answer that question. You weren't there," Hoffman said. "You've put me on display here. You have indicted me. That's not innocent until proven guilty."

"I get no pleasure from this conversation. But you and I are not the victims here," Oliver said.

"I can't leave certain things unaddressed," Oliver said at the end of the panel. "The easy way is not to bring anything up. Unfortunately, that leaves me at home later at night hating myself, 'Why the f--k didn't I say something?' No one stands up to powerful men."

December 6, 2017 |

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