Second woman comes forward with Dustin Hoffman sexual harassment claims

Kelvin Reese
November 5, 2017

Hoffman's spokesperson declined to comment.

A day after Dustin Hoffman apologized for anything he "might have done" that caused a former intern to accuse him of sexual harassment dating back to 1985, a second woman has come forward with new allegations of harassment against the actor. During the first meeting, Schisgal asked if she had a boyfriend or husband. One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order, he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. "He's like, "Come on, come to this nearby hotel".

Riss Gatsiounis told Variety that the alleged encounters occurred during two meetings she had with Hoffman and Tootsie screenwriter Murray Schisgal, in which they discussed turning her play A Darker Purpose into a film. And I kind of patted her and gave her a little [pinch] and she turned on me and later we became friends, but at that moment, she just whirled on me and said, [Hoffman adopts rough, angry voice] "Don't you ever do that to me again".

"Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times", she recounts from diary-like passages she said were written when she was 17. Then Dustin Hoffman gets up and he says he has to do some clothing shopping at a nearby hotel, and did I want to come along?

This is a story I've told so often I'm sometimes surprised when someone I know hasn't heard it.

"I'm just completely flustered", Riss Gatsiounis said. And Murray's like, 'You can go!

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The Graduate star Hoffman allegedly told her: "So Anna, I get Warren tonight, you get him Tuesday?" She went on to detail her feelings of inadequacy, her growing disillusionment with the industry, and her naïve confusion over how sweet her harasser was being: "Dustin's a pig, but I like him a lot".

"She said that she didn't want me to think that it was something I had done", Riss Gatsiounis said.

Riss Gatsiounis was in her twenties at the time, while Hoffman was 53. Yes, Hoffman was inappropriate and Hunter was underage, but she also admired him and often thought he was amusing and charming.

"The whole thing was just a source of torment for me", Riss Gatsiounis continued.

Hoffman, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his roles in Kramer vs Kramer and Rain Man, told 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.

"Anna Graham Hunter came out recently and accused #Dustin Hoffman of sexually harassing her during the casting of the TV film, "#Death Of A Salesman", in 1985. I am sorry. It is not reflective of me.

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