Dustin Hoffman is one of the actors who has been named a "sexual predator" during the on-going epidemic now taking over headlines.
The panel, moderated by Oliver, was held at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan by the Tribeca Film Institute to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film satire Wag the Dog, which starred Hoffman. Almost the entire rest of the discussion was then dominated by Oliver, Hoffman and the subject of sexual harassment. Hoffman said. "From a few things you've read, you've made an incredible assumption about me", he noted, adding sarcastically, "You've made the case better than anyone else can".
Things didn't end here and after several minutes Hoffman returned to the same topic and accused Oliver of not being open-minded, He also accused him of believing accusers unquestionably.
Michael Rapaport and Alec Baldwin both offered up criticism of John Oliver in wake of the comedian's testy panel discussion with Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment allegations before a "Wag the Dog" screening earlier this week. "Does that feel like enough to you?" he asked.
Hoffman had said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter: 'I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. It begins, 'Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed me when I was 17.' Then I give the details: When I was a senior in high school in New York City, interning as a production assistant on the set of the Death of a Salesman TV film, he asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did. "I never met her". She was soon drowned out by other people, one of whom said "Shame on you". "It's that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off", the English funnyman said. If it happened and you've given no evidence to show it didn't happen.
Oliver challenged Hoffman's response, saying, "It is reflective of who you were ... it feels like a cop-out to say, 'This isn't me, '" according to The Washington Post, which also posted video of the panel. "It's hard to answer that question".
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Speaking to Oliver this week Hoffman said, "But there's a key a word that's left out in the quote, you know, as it goes around the world at a clip".
"Well, it's affected you in terms of your feelings about me", he told Oliver. You come to work on Monday, 'Did you have sex on Friday?' You break it up. It's a way of "apologizing" while saying that you did nothing wrong and the problem here is that the other person is too sensitive. I said a stupid thing, but I said it in the midst of the crew, and they said their stupid things. "Oliver says it's something he had to bring it up before we watch the film #wagthedog".
"Oh, Dustin", Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand. "It just feels like a dismissal or re-contextualizing it is not really addressing it". It doesn't feel self-reflective in the way the incident demands.
John Oliver was having none of it, and I personally want to smooch him for it.
"Do you believe this stuff you read?" Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg ... and a soft-boiled clitoris.' His entourage burst out laughing.