Dustin Hoffman Accused of Sexually Harassing Second Woman
“Look, we’re not really interested in your play."
Another woman has come forward to say that she was sexually harassed by actor Dustin Hoffman, just one day after he apologized for acting inappropriately toward a 17-year-old intern with similar allegations, Variety is reporting.
Writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis says she was supposed to be discussing turning her play, “A Darker Purpose,” into a feature film that Hoffman would star in when the inappropriate comments were made.
“He says, ‘Before you start, let me ask you one question, Wendy — have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?’” Riss Gatsiounis said.
“I’ll never forget — he moves back, he opens his arms, and he says, ‘It would be a whole new body to explore,’” she said. “I’m trying to go back to my pitch, and I’m trying to talk about my play. Then Dustin Hoffman gets up and he says he has to do some clothing shopping at a nearby hotel, and did I want to come along? He’s like, ‘Come on, come to this nearby hotel.’”
Murray Schisgal, the screenwriter for “Tootsie,” was reportedly also present. Riss Gatsiounis says she repeatedly said no to Hoffman’s request. Eventually, he left, and Schisgal reportedly said: ‘“Look, we’re not really interested in your play because it’s too film noir-ish.’ And that was it.”
Women and men continue to come forward with stories of sexual harassment that span multiple industries, including entertainment, media and journalism.
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