Monday, December 18, 2017

Was Dustin Hoffman, who's played Hollywood's favourite victims, a sex predator all along? Five women claim the actor abused them when they were as young as 15.



The following article appeared in the Daily Mail on December 17th

  • Despite playing the vulnerable protagonist to perfection, roles can be deceiving 
  • Dustin Hoffman is now cast as a predatory monster after allegations of sexual misconduct 
  • This week, five women have claimed the Oscar winner groped and abused them
  • Hoffman, 80, has yet personally to respond, although his lawyer has dismissed the allegations as ‘defamatory falsehoods’


No other Hollywood star has proved quite so brilliant at playing vulnerable, hugely sympathetic characters as Dustin Hoffman. Sadly, screen roles can be deceptive.

No other Hollywood star has proved quite so brilliant at playing vulnerable, hugely sympathetic characters as Dustin Hoffman.

Be it the nervous young college graduate snared by the rapacious older woman in The Graduate, the autistic savant in Rain Man or done up in drag and batting off the attentions of lecherous men in Tootsie, he rarely takes a role that doesn’t invite audiences to root for the ‘little guy.’


Sadly, screen roles can be deceptive.

Hoffman is now cast as a predatory monster, submerged under a stream of sordid allegations of sexual misconduct.

In recent days, five women have claimed the Oscar-winning star groped and abused them when they were as young as 15 – adding their voices to previous damning accounts about his behaviour.

Hoffman, 80, has yet personally to respond, although his lawyer has dismissed the allegations as ‘defamatory falsehoods’. The stories have been piling up – and getting increasingly more damaging – since last month, when he was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old production assistant.

‘I am sorry,’ the actor, well-known for his liberal views, said at the time, insisting he had the ‘utmost respect for women’ and felt ‘terrible for anything I might have done’. It was not, he added, ‘reflective of who I am’. But since then more women have begged to differ, offering their own ‘reflections’ on his treatment of women.

Cori Thomas, a former classmate of Hoffman’s daughter Karina, was only 16 when, she says, he exposed himself to her in a hotel room.


Miss Thomas, the daughter of the former Liberian ambassador to the UN and now a playwright, recalled how the two girls and the actor spent a pleasant day together in New York in 1980. Karina’s mother was divorced from Hoffman and he was staying in a hotel, where the trio dined before they went to his room for Miss Thomas to wait for her parents to pick her up. Karina had already gone home.

Hoffman is now cast as a predatory monster, submerged under a stream of sordid allegations of sexual misconduct. In recent days, five women have claimed the Oscar-winning star groped and abused them when they were as young as 15 – adding their voices to previous damning accounts about his behaviour.

She related how Hoffman then had a shower. ‘He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,’ she told Variety. ‘He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do.’


Hoffman, she claims, ‘milked’ her extreme discomfort. She claimed the actor, then 42, eventually put on a bathrobe, sat on his bed and asked her to massage his feet. Miss Thomas, then an aspiring actress who’d idolised the actor, said she felt disgusted, but too intimidated to refuse.

As she complied, Hoffman even rang another woman and boasted to her that ‘I’ve got a pretty girl massaging my feet’.

She was ‘saved’ by the arrival of her mother, who was suspicious about her daughter being alone with Hoffman in his room.

In any case, nothing was done until seven years later when Miss Thomas confided to friends.

(Article continues HERE)




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