John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment in testy exchange

John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment in testy exchange

During what was meant to be a QA panel celebrating 20 years of political satire Wag The Dog, presenter John Oliver confronted the 80-year-old star about an allegation made by a former production intern.

He then addressed the sexual harassment allegations against Dustin Hoffman as relayed in a piece in The Hollywood Reporter by writer Anna Graham Hunter, who accused the actor of groping her and making inappropriate sexual remarks on the set of Death of a Salesman in 1985.

Oliver was hosting and moderating a discussion panel on the 20th anniversary of the film "Wag the Dog" - a political spoof in which campaign advisers fabricate a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal - when he chose to address the issue that he said was "hanging in the air".

"CBS News correspondent Laura Podesta tweeted, "'You've made this incredible assumption about me, sir, ' Hoffman said to Oliver.

"You've made one statement in print", Oliver asked the Oscar victor.

"I think that what is going on right now, it's more than a moment, I think it's a reckoning and we're having these conversations that have been needed to be had", Greene told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview Monday evening.

Hoffman issued an apology last month, saying that he didn't mean to put anyone in an "uncomfortable situation".

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", Hoffman said last month when the woman stepped forward. "It's 'not reflective of who I am.' But it is reflective of who you were". Referring to Hoffman, he added: "But you and I are not the victims here". Hoffman has distanced himself from the accusations and, during the exchange with John Oliver, he says he still doesn't know who she is.

"Because there's no point in her lying", said Oliver.

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'It is reflective of who you were. "There was a period of time when you were a creeper around women". "'Why...didn't I say something?' No one stands up to powerful men".

"It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off", he said, as audience members gasped.

'And now the audience is arguing volubly back and forth about whether Hoffman is upstanding and Oliver should be asking the questions.

"Oh, Dustin", Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand.

After a leaden beat, Hoffman replied, "Do you believe the stuff that you read?" And that is IF I did anything that was out of sorts or I embarrassed her, I apologize.

Hoffman went on to discuss behavior on movie sets along with some of the more colorful talk and banter that would often take place between movie crews and actors.

The late-night host said he could have left the issue unaddressed, but "that leaves me at home later at night hating myself".

Per Deadline, the trouble began when Oliver brought up ongoing conversations about sexual harassment in the film industry. "You have indicted me".

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