Full Details Of The Claims Dustin Hoffman Sexually Harassed And Assaulted A 17-Year-Old Girl Multiple Times On A Movie Set

Dustin Hoffman sexual harassment and assault claims

The details are repulsive.

We can now add Dustin Hoffman to list of men in Hollywood who have been publicly accused of sexual harassment and assault. 

In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Graham Hunter alleged that when she was 17 and starting her first day as a production assistant on the 1985 movie adaption of Death of a Salesman, the actor asked her for a foot rub. She obliged. 

"He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me," she wrote. "One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.' His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried."

Hunter spent five weeks on set with Hoffman, who was 48 at the time, and detailed her days there in letters she would mail to her sister in London. She also made copies for herself. 

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During week two, Hunter writes about how Hoffman asked her if she had sex over the weekend like he told her to. A few days after that letter, she writes that the actor is a "lech" and describes an encounter where when asked what he wanted for lunch by another production assistant, he answers "your left breast." 

Photo of Anna Graham Hunter and Dustin Hoffman, The Hollywood Reporter

That same day, Hunter wrote that Hoffman grabbed her butt four times. 

"I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man," she wrote. "He took off his hat and pointed to his head (shaved for the part) and said, 'No, I'm a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair.'

A week later, Hunter wrote to her sister that Hoffman had "said something that beat even his lows" when she asked him what he wanted for breakfast. He overheard her when she was talking to someone else on set about his behavior and yelled at her for badmouthing him.

"Anna! So you think I'm a sexist pig, huh? Anna!" he shouted so loud the whole studio heard him. Graham said she didn't appreciate his "wandering hands" or comments. He apologized and said he would stop. 

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After that, she said Hoffman was so nice to her that she was shocked. But her supervisor said it was "too bad" that it became an issue. 

"Hell, I didn't make it an issue," Hunter wrote. "He did. 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. She said we should try to have a sense of humor and just giggle and slap his hands or something."

Though it seemed like things were getting better, the harassment still continued. In her letters, Hunter called him a pig and wrote that he asked if she was going to try to get with Warren Beatty when he visited the studio. 

"You might as well have undressed yourself," Hoffman reportedly said. "You were saying, 'F--k me, f--k me, Warren.'"

Now, Hunter says her heart aches for her teenage self and what she went through. Though she understands how people who read her story will feel revulsion Hoffman, she's not as comfortable with that rage. 

"The rage does feel good, momentarily. But it's not the whole story, as I knew then. Yes, he was gross. But he could also be sweet and wanted me to like him. Which I did."

Hoffman responded to the essay with the following statement: 

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

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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