John Oliver, Dustin Hoffman get into heated spat over sex harassment allegations

John Oliver, Dustin Hoffman get into heated spat over sex harassment allegations

John Oliver grilled Dustin Hoffman on allegations of sexual misconduct during a panel discussion that took place prior to a 20th anniversary screening of the movie Wag the Dog, The Washington Post reports.

In an interview with the Post on Tuesday, Hunter described her feelings about the Oliver-Hoffman incident, joining a chorus of people across entertainment who saw in it a potential new phase in the delicate tango among media, celebrity and the public.

One of the worst moments, as you can watch in the video below, shows Hoffman questioning why someone would wait 40 years to say something after Oliver notes that there's basically no upside for the accusers in these situations. "It feels like a cop-out to say 'it wasn't me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?'" "I'm guilty." Hoffman claimed that he still doesn't know "who this woman is", and if he ever met her it was "in concert" with others.

At one point, he asked Oliver, "Do you believe this stuff you read?"

When the former film-production intern heard that TV personality John Oliver had grilled Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment on a NY stage Monday night, she had a distinct reaction. There are no legal ramifications for his alleged behavior; a 32-year-old accusation will likely do him no harm, and Anna Graham Hunter is more likely to face critical judgment for her motives to share her encounter with Hoffman all these years later. "You've made the case better than anyone else can. You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen", Oliver said.

Oliver also accused Hoffman of not being "self-reflective in the way the situation demands".

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"Well, I'm trying harder than you are", Hoffman replied. Hunter, who served as an intern, was 17 at the time. He called into question Dustin Hoffman's response to the allegations.

The back-and-forth came at a 20th-anniversary screening panel at the 92nd Street Y. Onstage in addition to Oliver and Hoffman were Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson. We have a platform here.

The discussion turned testy when moderator Oliver brought up ongoing conversations about sexual harassment in the film industry. "How are we moving forward?" During the audition, which was the first time they met, Hoffman put a hand on her breast, according to Slate.

Hoffman also said that he "still" isn't sure who Hunter is.

John Oliver replied with, "This isn't fun for me". He probably should have expected it: Wag the Dog is a film about a powerful man accused of making advances on an underage girl. "That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, 'Why the fuck didn't I say something?' No one stands up to powerful men".

Despite this background, Oliver seemed to think that he was challenging Weinstein or Bill Cosby and that therefore, regardless of the impropriety of the setting, had both a moral obligation to attack Hoffman, as well as the factual foundation on which to do so.