The sexual misconduct allegations against Dustin Hoffman have been some of the most surprising in the last few weeks. The question now is how the claims will affect the Oscar winner's career moving forward. Fans have also wondered how Hoffman's wife, Lisa Gottsegen, will react in the coming days.
Over the past week, multiple women have accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct. Three women told Variety about their alleged experiences with the actor. One, Cori Thomas, said Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was just 16. Thomas was friends with Hoffman’s daughter and had had dinner with the two of them earlier that night. They then went to a hotel to wait for Thomas’ parents to pick her up.
"He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped," Thomas said. "He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time."
Since then, other anonymous women have come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations. And these are just the latest allegations against the Oscar winner.
Last month, writer Anna Graham Hunter told The Hollywood Reporter that Hoffman touched her butt multiple times when she worked as a production assistant on his film. She was just 17 at the time.
"When I was a senior in high school in New York City, interning as a production assistant on the set of the Death of a Salesman TV film, he asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did," she wrote. "He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me."
Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told Variety that Hoffman tried to seduce her in 1991 when she met with him about a play she had written. And earlier this month, actresss Kathryn Rossetter told THR about a similar experience she had while performing with Hoffman.
"One night in Chicago, I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs," she wrote. "I was completely surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for my cues. ... It then happened almost every show. Six to eight shows a week. I couldn’t speak to him in the moment because I was on a live mic. He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me."
Hoffman has continued to deny the allegations. But ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Hollywood has shown little tolerance for those accused of sexual harassment. Stars like Kevin Spacey, Mario Batali, Matt Lauer and Jeffrey Tambor were fired from or left their hit TV shows. Jeremy Piven's Wisdom of the Crowd was canceled, while Johnny Iuzzini's Great American Baking Show was pulled from the air.
Dustin Hoffman is arguably the biggest non-politician to face sexual misconduct allegations. But his career has faltered in recent years. If he were at the height of his career in the 1970s and '80s, producers and casting directors might be less apt to walk away from him. Hoffman is now 80, and it would not be as difficult for Hollywood to turn away.
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