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.
“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.”
“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.