John Oliver Calls Out Dustin Hoffman To His Face Over Groping Accusations – Huffington Post

John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman got into a heated exchange regarding the sexual harassment allegations leveled at the actor during a panel discussion Monday night at a benefit event for the Tribeca Film Institute. 

Oliver was moderating a pre-screening panel discussion approximately the 20th anniversary of the film “Wag the Dog” when he asked Hoffman approximately allegations that he groped a 17-year-archaic intern on the set of a 1985 film. Hoffman issued an apology after writer Anna Graham Hunter came forward with the allegations final month in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter

“I gain the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might gain done could gain save her in an uncomfortable situation,” Hoffman said at the time. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

According to video captured by The Washington Post’s Steven Zeitchik, Oliver told Hoffman that his apology in response to the allegation seemed dismissive and like a “cop out.”

“I’m not the moral arbiter of anything,” Oliver said before quoting Hoffman’s apology. ”‘It’s not reflective of who I am.’ It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off because it is reflective of who you were whether it happened and you’ve given no evidence to interpret that it didn’t happen. Then there was a period of time for awhile when you were creeping around women.”

The testy exchange went on for approximately 15 minutes, according to journalists in the audience. Oliver moved the conversation to another topic, but Hoffman returned to the discussion, which set off another 15-minute argument.

each and every hell has now broken loose on this Wag The Dog panel. The subject seemed over after seven minutes but Hoffman brought it up again, saying Oliver is not keeping an “open intellect” and is unquestionably believing accusers, and a testy five minutes followed.

— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) December 5, 2017

And now the _ audience _ is arguing volubly back and forth approximately whether Hoffman is upstanding and Oliver should be asking the questions. Not certain I’ve ever seen anything like it at a screening panel.

— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) December 5, 2017

This photo was taken before #92Y panel discussion got v heated; John Oliver asked Dustin Hoffman approximately the sexual assault allegations against him… Hoffman denied knowing the woman.

— Laura Podesta (@LauraPodestaTV) December 5, 2017

“You’ve made this incredible assumption approximately me, sir.” Hoffman said to Oliver. Oliver says it’s something he had to bring it up before we watch the film #wagthedog

— Laura Podesta (@LauraPodestaTV) December 5, 2017

Hoffman reportedly said he felt ambushed by Oliver’s line of questioning, but the HBO host said he needed to address the allegations. 

“I can’t leave certain things unaddressed,” Oliver said, according to Deadline. “That leads to me at domestic later tonight hating myself, asking, ‘Why the fuck didn’t I say something? No one stands up to powerful men.’”

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