John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations

John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations

John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations

The host of Last Week Tonight (and voice of Zazu in the upcoming Lion King remake) gave Dustin Hoffman an unexpected grilling over sexual harassment allegations while moderating a panel at a Wag the Dog anniversary screening Monday night.

Hoffman responded defensively: "It's hanging in the air?".

Hoffman had offered a conditional apology at the time of the allegation, and on Monday he underscored an "if" included in that statement, saying he didn't really believe he had done anything wrong.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", he said at the time.

I have never met Hoffman, but I am close to a Hollywood writer who has spent a lot of time with him in a myriad of different situations, both professionally and socially. "No one said, 'Oh, these girls are 17 years old.' I didn't know they were there".

According to video captured by The Washington Post's Steven Zeitchik, Oliver told Hoffman that his apology in response to the allegation seemed dismissive and like a "cop out".

The response of the crowd was said to have been mixed, with at least one woman yelling at Oliver to drop the subject, while many others cheered. "It's not reflective of who I am". You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen, then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women.

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"I gotta say, I don't love that response either", Oliver replied.

The hour-long session ended shortly after, as the two were unable to move past the issue. Ironically, Wag the Dog features Hoffman as a film producer who helps create a fake news story about a non-existent war to help protect the President when he is accused inappropriate behavior with a little girl.

"Do you believe this stuff that you read?" "It doesn't feel self-reflective in the way the incident demands", Oliver said, adding, "I get no pleasure from having this conversation but you and I are not the victims here".

Oliver also took issue with the statement Hoffman released shortly after Hunter shared her story via The Hollywood Reporter on November 1: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation". Hoffman said he apologized "if" he had done anything to make anyone, including Hunter, feel uncomfortable at the time. "Because there's no point in her lying". 'Why the...didn't I say something?

"There is a point of her not bringing this up for 40 years", Hoffman stated to murmurs from the crowd.

"I'm glad [I wasn't there]", the host replied.

"I think it's the things that we do in between takes where there's probably a cultural shift that needs to happen", he said to applause from the audience. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself.

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