The latest development in the case of Dustin Hoffman being portrayed as a predator, Meryl Streep reacts. The actress addressed an interview she had given about her Kramer vs. Kramer co-star in 1979, which recently resurfaced.
To sustain the essay that production assistant Anna Graham Hunter wrote about being harassed by Dustin Hoffman in 1985, a piece published in Time magazine over 38 years ago resurfaced. The interviewee was Meryl Streep, one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood. In the interview – unearthed now by Slate – Streep recounted her first meeting with Hoffman.
“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin — burp — Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast. ‘What an obnoxious pig,’ I thought.”
However, the actress, now 68-years-old, says that it was a thing of the past, which was solved back then. “There was an offense and it is something for which Dustin apologized”, the actress’ representative confirmed, adding: “And Meryl accepted that.”
Dustin Hoffman, 80, became a press subject in the past days due to a series of sexual harassment accusations made by 49-year-old Anna Graham Hunter who, at the age of 17, was an intern working as an assistant on the set of Death of a Salesman, starring the big actor.
In an essay published in The Hollywood Reporter, she detailed numerous scenes in which she was harassed by Hoffman, calling him “a predator”.
In response to her piece, Dustin Hoffman issued a statement for The Hollywood Reporter, in which he apologized for the mentioned behavior: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
Following his response, Death of a Salesman director Volker Schlondorff jumped to his defense. “Everybody gave him a foot massage now and then, on the set, amidst the chaos, nothing ambiguous about it”, he told the same publication. “Standard Monday-morning question was, indeed, ‘Did you have good sex over the weekend?,’ ” Schlondorff added. “A joke, a running gag, everybody laughed at.”