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A woman said Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed and groped her when she was 17

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Actor Dustin Hoffman on Wednesday apologized after a woman accused him of sexually harassing her when she was 17 years old.

“I have the utmost respect for women and I feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” he said of Anna Graham Hunter in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I am sorry,” the star of such movies as "The Graduate," "Rain Man" and "Hook" added. “It is not reflective of who I am.”

Hunter earlier Wednesday published a guest column alleging Hoffman sexually harassed her in 1985 when they were working together in New York City.

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“He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my a--, he talked about sex to me and in front of me,” she said of interning as a production assistant on the television film "Death of a Salesman."

“One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time,” Hunter recalled. “Then he said, ‘I’ll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.”

“His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried. The rage does feel good, momentarily. But it’s not the whole story, as I knew then.”

Hunter admitted she felt conflicted about sharing her experience with Hoffman as he “could also be sweet and wanted me to like him.”

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“I would be more comfortable if I felt nothing but revulsion for a man who had power over me and abused it,” she said.

“At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and elsewhere,” Hunter continued.

“He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment. As to how it fits into my own pattern, I imagine I’ll be figuring that out for years to come.”

Scores of women worldwide have shared their experiences with sexual assault or harassment as part of the #MeToo campaign since it began last month.

The movement emerged on social media after dozens of women alleged that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted or harassed them.

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