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John Oliver Calls Out Dustin Hoffman To His Face Over Groping Accusations

John Oliver Calls Out Dustin Hoffman To His Face Over Groping Accusations

Actress Anna Graham Hunter wrote a column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she alleged Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate remarks to her while she interned on the 1985 Death of a Salesman TV film.

The talk show host then slammed Hoffman's response to the allegations when he said that he had "the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation".

While an occasional member of the film's audience may have wanted Oliver to ease up, a vast majority supported him with cheers when he made a good point, and cries of encouragement.

Oliver reacted angrily to Hoffman's explanation, the Post noted, dismissing it as insufficient and took issue with Hoffman's claim that it was "not reflective of" who he really is.

Hoffman remained defensive and agitated, complaining that he did not know the organizers of the event or Oliver were going to raise the subject of the allegations, despite their heavy coverage in news media when they broke last month.

He subsequently put out an apologetic statement saying he felt "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's statement read. An increasingly angry Hoffman pointed to his role in Tootsie, in which he dressed as a woman, as evidence of his respect for women.

In the video the audience can be heard gasping at Hoffman's replies and cheering Oliver on as he continued to question the star.

"It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off", Oliver responded at the Q & A session commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hoffman's film, "Wag the Dog". "It is reflective of who you were".

Hoffman maintained he did nothing wrong and complained: "You've put me on display here". More than anything, Oliver was giving Hoffman an opportunity to address that, and to prove that he's learned. After a leaden beat, Hoffman replied, "Do you believe the stuff that you read?"

"You're right I wasn't there", Oliver said.

Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver squared off about sexual harassment Monday night during a panel discussion in NY, with both men sticking by their arguments as tension between them heated up. Oliver would not let Hoffman's response go, nor what he said at the time in his apology.

"First of all, it didn't happen the way she reported", Hoffman replied, later adding that his comments had been misconstrued "at the click of a button". This time, remarkably, Hoffman couldn't turn away. Why didn't I say something?

"Oh, Dustin", Oliver sighed, separately explaining, "What seems completely fine or normal to a certain group of people can have victims on the other end". "The easy way is not to bring anything up. No one stands up to powerful men".