Last month, Dustin Hoffman responded to allegations that he groped and propositioned a 17-year-old in 1985 by declaring “it is not reflective of who I am”.
Now, shocking new allegations about the Oscar-award winning actor’s sexually predatory behaviour have emerged.
As Variety reports, a female producer alleges Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was in high school, while two other women allege the actor sexually assaulted them.
Cori Thomas, who was a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter, says she met the actor in 1980 when she was 16. She recounts spending the afternoon with her friend Karina and her classmate's famous father in Manhattan before all three dropped by Hoffman’s hotel.
Thomas alleges her friend departed at some point and she was left waiting in the hotel room for her parents to pick her up. She says she then heard Hoffman turn the shower on.
“He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” she says.
“He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time.”
Thomas claims Hoffman eventually put on a robe and asked her to massage his feet.
“I didn’t know what to do in the circumstance,” she said. “I didn’t know that I could say no, so I did it. And he kept telling me, ‘I’m naked. Do you want to see?’” she alleges.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, college graduate Melissa Kester claims she was assaulted by Hoffman while he was shooting the film Ishtar. Kester says the actor “literally just stuck his fingers down my pants” and “put his fingers inside me” in a recording booth.
“He kind of laughed,” she says of the encounter. “Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying. I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I felt like I’d been raped. There was no warning. I didn’t know he would do that.”
A third anonymous woman also told Variety that Hoffman assaulted her while she was working on Ishtar. She claims The Graduate star non-consensually “stuck his fingers right up inside of me” in the back of a station wagon.
Hoffman has not responded to the allegations, but his attorney Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt said the allegations were “defamatory falsehoods”.
You can read the full report in Variety here.