In a new essay published by The Hollywood Reporter actress Kathryn Rossetter alleged that Dustin Hoffman sought her repeatedly during the 1983 Broadway resurgence of Death of a Salesman .
Rossetter, who played Willy Loman's Hoffman lover in the production, said that she idolized Hoffman in his initial selection in front of him and enjoyed the experience of working with him until he invited her to return to his room. hotel. He requested a back mbadage, he said, which led to a pattern of increasingly inappropriate behavior. "That was the beginning of what would become a horrible, demoralizing and abusive experience in the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols," he said.
Rossetter alleged that from then on Hoffman would behave inappropriately during almost all performances, sometimes clutching her bads or feeling inside her thighs. "Six to eight shows a week," he wrote. "I could not talk to him right now because he was in a live microphone." He kept it going and became more and more aggressive.One night he started poking his fingers in. Night after night I went home and I cried. and I got depressed and I did not have good interpersonal relationships with the cast. "
Hoffman's representatives did not immediately respond to the request for comment. Hoffman also made no comment to The Hollywood Reporter but his lawyers put the publication in contact with a handful of people who worked on the revival Death of a vendor and claimed not to witness the behavior described by Rossetter. "It just does not sound true," said production stage manager Tom Kelly. "Given my position, it is insulting to say that this type of activity would continue to the extent of the rape."
In her essay, Rossetter added that Hoffman's groping would also occur at public events and, according to her, was "skillful" to avoid being registered or seen. Once she retaliated; in "an instinctive response accumulated for two years," he said, "I grabbed his crotch." This incident was captured in a photograph and appeared in the magazine of Playboy with the title "Reactivating a Dead Salesman."
Rossetter's accusations are only the latest that are made against Hoffman. Anna Graham Hunter claimed last month that Hoffman fumbled for her and made inappropriate comments in 1985 on the set of the television movie Death of a Salesman . "I have the greatest respect for women and I feel terrible that anything I've done has put her in an uncomfortable situation, I'm sorry, she does not reflect who I am," Hoffman said in a statement. Subsequently, the producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told him Variety that Hoffman made an inappropriate proposal in 1991. (Hoffman did not comment on Gatsiounis's claims)
Hoffman, 80, was recently confronted during Wag the Dog's Anniversary Panel by moderator John Oliver, who expressed dissatisfaction with the actor's badertion, specifically Hoffman's claim that the accusations made by Hunter "do not reflect who I am".
"It feels like dismissals or recontextualizations do not address it: it does not feel self-reflective in the way the incident demands it," Oliver said. "I do not like having this conversation, but you and I are not the victims here." During her round trip, Hoffman said about Hunter's accusations: "First of all, it did not happen, as she reported." […] I still do not know who this woman is, I never met her. others ".
Rossetter concluded his essay by calling Hoffman a man who "abuses his power and is a pig for women," arguing that his alleged behavior is also swept under the carpet many. "It was a long time ago," he said. "This is not the red badge of courage that I have used for 32 years, I buried it deeply, I am a hard woman … now, I continue reading the praises that spring from it: Generous to the extreme, kind, better man to work. Women are too sensitive to dirty jokes, hang on, ladies, etc. There's no denying that I learned a lot from him about acting, he was generous in the many gifts he gave us and in the many parties he launched. to do all that and remain a man who manipulates, abuses his power and is a pig for women, they are not mutually exclusive. "