NY (conspiracy Talk News) – Actor Dustin Hoffman had a tense argument Monday night with television presenter John Oliver, who questioned him for giving insufficient explanations regarding the allegations of sexual harassment against him.
During a one-hour debate in New York on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the satirical film “Wag the Dog,” the 80-year-old veteran Hollywood actor received strong criticism from Oliver, known for his incisive style as host of the weekly show”, from HBO.
The debate was recorded and posted online Tuesday.
Under the effect of the revelations of the Weinstein case, at the end of October the writer Anna Graham Hunter accused the veteran actor of “Rain Man” and “Kramer vs. Kramer” of having touched her ass and having made sexual proposals in 1985 when she was only 17 years old.
Hoffman fought back against the accusations with a statement in which he stated: “I have great respect for women and I feel terrible that anything I have done has put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not a reflection of who I am. “
In Monday’s debate, which was also attended by Robert de Niro, Oliver recalled these accusations and reproached Hoffman for his reaction, which he said was an insufficient conditional apology.
Hoffman defended himself by pointing out that he did not remember this episode 40 years ago, which justified the conditionality of his apology. He added that he did not think he had done anything wrong and that his comments about the set back then were typical of conversations between members of the same “family”.
That’s “exactly the kind of reaction that bothers me,” Oliver said, noting that Hunter “had no interest in lying.”
The discussion continued in an increasingly harsh tone, monopolizing much of the debate, which would supposedly focus on other issues.
Hoffman even at one point invoked his role in “Tootsie” (1982), where he plays a woman, to explain how he had realized “that men were aggressive” with women.
The discussion illustrates the current climate in the United States, since the Weinstein case broke out not a day goes by without a man of power being accused of sexual harassment or abuse.
The sectors of entertainment, politics, culture and the media are the most affected by these revelations, with dozens of people accused. Many have been dismissed or suspended