Dustin Hoffman's accusers speak out in joint interview
Three of the Oscar-winning actor's accusers are teaming up.
On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, Anna Graham Hunter, Cori Thomas, and Kathryn Rossetter appeared together in a joint interview with NBC Nightly News to speak out against Dustin Hoffman for the first time since they came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.
As Nicki Swift previously reported, Hoffman was first accused of sexual harassment by Graham Hunter in November 2017. At the time, she claimed that he had made inappropriate comments and asked her for foot massages while she worked as a 17-year-old intern on the 1985 TV movie Death of a Salesman.Geoffrey Rush denies allegations of 'inappropriate behavior'
"I didn't have this language then, but in my gut, I knew that my status had instantly been lowered, like I was going to be the person sitting at his feet giving him a foot rub," the writer said during the interview. "I wasn't just the person invited to his little party for my sparkling personality."
Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman in the 1983 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, later came forward with claims that he had groped her and touched her inappropriately. "I've been lying for 34 years," the actress told NBC Nightly News. "People go, 'How is it to work with Dustin?' And I tell the half-truth, which is, as an actor working with him, I owe him everything. I learned so much. And then I would stop and there would always be a knot in my stomach about what the real truth was, which is he was abusive and he was a bully."
Last week, Thomas alleged that Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room in 1980. "When I met him, it was a really weird thing, because not only is this an idol, but it's also my friend's dad, and I think that ended up superseding the idol part, because he was just very dad-like with her and with me," she recalled during the interview. "We had spent an entire day and it was probably one of the greatest days of my life."Meryl Streep reveals why Mariah Carey stole her seat at 2018 Golden Globes
But when the two went back to his hotel room and waited for Thomas' parents to pick her up, Hoffman allegedly took a shower, dropped his towel, sat on the bed, and asked for a foot massage. "I was 16, so I did," she went on. "He was being suggestive saying, 'You know I'm naked.' I wanted to stop, but I couldn't. I was a polite girl."
When asked about her decision to come forward, Thomas said, "As hard as it is, I think I want to choose truth over shame."
Hoffman, who was recently called out over these allegations by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, has since denied the claims. He is, unfortunately, only one of multiple men in Hollywood to be accused of sexual harassment and assault in recent months, following the now-infamous Harvey Weinstein scandal.‘Nudity, groping’: TV heavyweight suspended