John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman over sexual harrassment allegations
Published: 06 December 2017
Comedian John Oliver has confronted Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman over allegations he grabbed the buttocks of a 17-year-old intern on a film set in the 1980s.
The terse exchange came about mid-way through an hour-long discussion on the 20th anniversary of the film Wag the Dog, which starred Hoffman.
Oliver, host of HBO’s satirical ‘Last Week Tonight’ show, picked apart Hoffman’s response to the allegations, where he apologised for the “uncomfortable situation” and said it was “not reflective of who I am.”
“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ – it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pissed me off,” Oliver 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. It feels like a cop-out to say ‘it wasn’t me.’”
Hoffman said he was blindsided by Oliver’s comment, and said the accusation was more than 40 years old and he didn’t remember the victim.
“You’ve put me on display here,” he said.
Oliver responded by saying he got “no pleasure” from the conversation, but felt he had to address “the elephant in the room.”
“The easy way is not to bring anything up… unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself.”
The conversation was reported by the Washington Post, who obtained a video recording of the exchange.