TV writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis accuses Hoffman of harassment

  • TV writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis accuses Hoffman of harassment

TV writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis accuses Hoffman of harassment

The 80-year-old actor released a statement on Wednesday following writer Anna Graham Hunters claims that he harassed her on the set of TV movie Death of a Salesman in 1985, saying he felt awful that he made her feel uncomfortable and apologizing for the incident.

Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation".

Riss Gatsiounis, who went on to write for A&E's The Killing and CW's Reign, said the incident "stayed with me for a long time", causing her to wonder if she'd let an important career opportunity slip through her fingers by saying no to her hero.

"He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did", she wrote.

A second woman has come forward with an allegation of harassment against Dustin Hoffman, a day after the actor was forced to apologise for his past behaviour.

Actor Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa Hoffman arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Hunter, who's now a writer in L.A., said her supervisor at the time advised her to "try to have a sense of humor and just giggle and slap his hands or something".

According to Hunter, Hoffman frequently used inappropriate language around her, spoke about sex in front of her and repeatedly grabbed and groped her.

In the following weeks she was involved in a conversation with Hoffman, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang and Arthur Miller about breasts, with Hoffman alleged to have told the then-teen "I don't like them when they're tan, because then they look like part of the body".

The 48-year-old director has denied the allegations, with his attorney Martin Singer telling the LA Times: "I have represented Mr Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment". Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg ... and a soft-boiled clitoris, ' His entourage burst out laughing. She wrote: "I said, 'I'm only good at necks.' He said, 'So pretend it's a neck'".

Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis claims that Hoffman propositioned her during a pitch meeting in 1991, an encounter which she says left her "close to tears".

Kevin Spacey at the premiere of Baby Driver earlier this year.

Hoffman's rep did not reply Thursday to a request from The Times for comment.