Actor Dustin Hoffman and comedian John Oliver on Monday publicly battled over sexual misconduct allegations against the former star.
The pair clashed that evening at the Tribeca Film Institute in New York City during an anniversary screening of “Wag the Dog,” a 1987 film that Hoffman appeared in.
Oliver ultimately prodded Hoffman about a woman’s claim last month that the actor groped her and made inappropriate comments to her when they worked on the same set in 1985.
“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because… it’s hanging in the air,” he said to Hoffman.
“It’s hanging in the air?” Hoffman retorted. “From a few things you’ve read, you’ve made an incredible assumption about me.”
“You’ve made the case better than anyone,” he sarcastically continued while addressing Oliver. “I’m guilty.”
Hoffman said he did not recall meeting Anna Graham Hunter in 1985, and he also insisted he did not engage in groping while making the television movie “Death of a Salesman.”
The actor added that any comments he made at the time are how members of “a family” speak to each other.
“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman said. “I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people.”
Oliver, however, then criticized an apology Hoffman made last month after Hunter accused him of inappropriate behavior.
“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ – if that’s kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” he said. “It is reflective of who you were.”
“If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women,” Oliver continued.
“It feels like a cop-out to say, ‘it wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”
Hoffman apologized last month after Hunter published a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter accusing him of sexually harassing her when she was 17.
Hunter alleged that Hoffman “grabbed my a—”and “talked about sex to me and in front of me” while they were on set together in New York City.