Dustin Hoffman accused of sexually harassing a second woman who claims actor propositioned her
Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing a second woman.
The claim came a day after he apologised for his past behaviour.
It followed the emergence of more alleged victims in Hollywood – one saying she was abused by actor Jeremy Piven, star of the ITV series Mr Selfridge.
Producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis said film star Hoffman propositioned her at a work meeting in 1991.
At the time she was 20, while the Oscar winner was 53 and married.
She claimed to have met him and Tootsie screenwriter Murray Schisgal twice about making her play A Darker Purpose into a film.
At the first, she said, Schisgal asked if she was romantically involved. She told how Hoffman “playfully” asked him to shut up, saying: “Don’t you know you can’t talk to women that way any more? Times are changing.”
But she claimed the star was “really different” at their second meeting and propositioned her.
She went on: “He says, ‘Wendy, have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?’
“I’ll never forget. He opens his arms and says, ‘It would be a whole new body to explore’.”
Riss Gatsiounis said she was “trying to talk about my play” but Hoffman asked her if she wanted to come with him to a nearby hotel, where he was to shop for clothes.
The producer said she repeatedly declined and Hoffman finally left.
“Then Murray Schisgal says, ‘We’re not really interested in your play as it’s too film noir-ish’,” she told Variety magazine in the US.
“And that was it.”
A Hoffman representative declined to comment on the allegation.
Earlier, writer Anna Graham Hunter said when she was 17 and on work experience the star, now 80, groped her on a 1985 TV film set and inappropriately talked about sex.
Hoffman said in response to that: “I have utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could’ve put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It isn’t reflective of who I am.”
US star Piven, 52, was accused by Smallville actress Cassidy Freeman, 35, of “predatory behaviour”. She said he did something to her when she was “far too young”.
He has yet to respond – but has denied a previous claim by actress Ariane Bellamar, 38, that he forcefully fondled her on two occasions.
The latest sex abuse claims to hit Hollywood came as a representative for movie star Kevin Spacey – accused of an unwanted sexual advance to an underage boy – said yesterday: “Kevin is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”
The Oscar winner, 58, was said by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, 46, to have climbed on him in bed in 1986 when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Spacey tweeted that he did “not remember the encounter” but added: “If I did behave as he says, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
Thanks to: mirror – US gossip