The Hollywood Reporter published an article this morning from writer Anna Graham Hunter who alleged that she was sexually harassed as a 17-year-old intern on the set of 1985 TV film Death of a Salesman by Dustin Hoffman.
“I loved the attention,” she wrote. “Until I didn’t.”
She details her many claims – among them that he grabbed her butt and made vulgar comments to her – in a series of letters she wrote to her sister that lay bare the power dynamic of big-time Hollywood stars and the defenseless plebeians who work for them.
Now the 80-year-old Oscar winner is apologizing. Kind of.
Hoffman said, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation.”
He added in his statement to the AP, “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
So, it’s: “I’m sorry if you were offended by something I don’t remember doing and isn’t reflective of who I am.”
Which seems to be going around a lot lately.
You can read her article here.