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Dustin Hoffman Accused by Then-17-Year-Old Intern

Dustin Hoffman Accused by Then-17-Year-Old Intern

Anna Graham Hunter was interning as a production assistant on the filming of 1985's Death of a Salesman when she claims she was repeatedly sexually harassed by actor Dustin Hoffman.

As more and more women and men step forward to tell their stories of alleged harassment and abuse at the hands of some of Hollywood's biggest power players, Anna Graham Hunter published a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday sharing personal accounts when she worked on the set of Hoffman's "Death of a Salesman" TV film more than 30 years ago.

In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, quoting letters she wrote to her sister at the time, she details Hoffman's frequent harassment of her and other PAs.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad 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'.

Separately, director Brett Ratner - best known for his work on the Rush Hour franchise and X-Men: The Last Stand - has been accused by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, of sexual harassment or misconduct.

On the same day, Hunter said Hoffman "felt my ass four times".

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Upon complaining about him to a colleague, Hoffman heard she had been saying things about him and confronted her so loudly the entire studio could hear.

She also claimed that he had asked her intrusive questions about her sex life and made a comment that she said was "so gross" she could not repeat it.

Hoffman joins a long and seemingly never-ending list of names accused of sexual assault in the movie business. Ms Hunter claims he later apologised for being inappropriate towards her, but she was called up by her supervisor for making it an issue.

Hunter said "I just turned around and walked out". Her reasoning for why is one of the most striking points of the article. The actor was 49 at the time and playing the film's star, Willy Loman. "She said that for the sake of the production we have to sacrifice some of our values and just let it roll over our heads".

When Hunter tried to talk to someone else on the film set about Hoffman, the actor allegedly said: "Are you badmouthing me?" "Dustin's a pig, but I like him a lot". "Until I didn't", she added.

Hoffman's representative did not respond to repeated requests for comment.


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