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Hoffman accusers thank John Oliver for confronting actor over sexual harassment

Seven women who have accused actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment or assault on Wednesday penned a letter to HBO host John Oliver thanking him for calling out Hoffman at a Tribeca Film Festival event.

A letter posted on the Twitter account of Anna Graham Hunter, one of Hoffman’s accusers, thanks the host of “Last Week Tonight” for putting his career at “risk” to confront Hoffman over the claims.

 

“We want to thank you for confronting Dustin Hoffman,” the letter reads. “While the questions you asked may not have led to the constructive conversation you hoped for, the fact that you asked them all is what matters most.”{mosads}

“Many men listen to and believe women when we recount our experiences of sexual harassment and assault. But few men put themselves at risk — socially or professionally — to have uncomfortable conversations with other men.”

Oliver and Hoffman had a tense exchange at a Tribeca Film Festival event in early December over allegations that the actor groped a 17-year-old intern on the set of his 1985 television movie “Death of a Salesman.”

“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air,” Oliver said, alluding to Hunter’s accusation.

“It’s hanging in the air?” Hoffman shot back. “From a few things you’ve read you’ve made an incredible assumption about me.” 

“You’ve made the case better than anyone else can. I’m guilty,” the actor added sarcastically.

Hoffman issued an apology for his actions in November but denied knowing Hunter during his discussion with Oliver.

“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” Hoffman said in his apology.

“I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

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