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In an unexpected turn of events last night, John Oliver grilled Dustin Hoffman over the sexual assault allegation that was brought against him earlier this
In case you missed it, a woman named Anna Graham Hunter now 49, came forward and said that when she was 17 years old and a senior in high school, she interned as a production assistant on Death of a Salesman -the 1985 TV movie that earned Hoffman his first and only Emmy. She claimed I have sexually harassed her several times, including grabbing her inappropriately and making multiple sexual remarks.
"I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible" that anything I could have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation, "he said. "I am sorry." It is not reflective of who I am. "
However, according to Deadline, it was supposed to be centered on the 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog .
Most of the conversation was instead focused on the many sexual harassment allegations coming out against men in the entertainment industry-Hoffman being one of them.
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Oliver asked, "You've made one statement in print. Does that feel like enough to you?"
Hoffman replied, "First of all, it did not happen, the way she reported … I still do not know who this woman is, I never met her, If I met her, it was in concert with other people. "
reps and became "misconstrued at the click of a button."
But Oliver honed in on the fact that Hoffman said his actions in the past are not reflective of who he is as a person.
"It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off," the HBO host said. "It is reflective of who you were . You've given no evidence to show that it did not happen. It feels like a cop-out to say, 'Well, this is not me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal? "
" It's difficult to answer that question. "Hoffman shot back as Oliver replied," I'm glad. "
The conversation went on for about 30 minutes with Hoffman seething over the comments, telling Oliver, "You've put me on display here, you've indicted me … That's not innocent until proven guilty."
Eventually, after Hoffman asked what response Oliver I would like to dismiss them, I would like to dismiss them. "
Oliver continued, "I got no pleasure from this conversation, but you and I are not the victims here."
Other members of the panel-including Jane Rosenthal -and a few members of the audience asking Oliver to "move on" from the conversation-amid many other thanking him for addressing it-the discu ssion around sexual harassment took up a majority of the hour-long Q & A.
"I can not leave certain things unaddressed," Oliver explained to the end of the panel. "The easy way is not to bring anything up. Unfortunately, that leaves me at home later at night hating myself, [asking,] 'Why the f – k did not I say something?' No one stands up to powerful men. "