More women have come forward to accuse two-time Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual impropriety, including three women whose allegations are detailed in a report published Thursday by Variety.
“Cori Thomas was in high school when she says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room,” the story reports. “Melissa Kester was a recent college graduate when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her while recording audio for the film ‘Ishtar.’ A third woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Hoffman assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized.
“Speaking to Variety, the women described predatory incidents involving Hoffman that fit into a pattern of alleged behavior that has emerged in the wake of previous sexual-misconduct claims against the now 80-year-old actor.”
The report notes that representatives for Hoffman did not make him available to comment for the story, but Mark A. Neubauer, an attorney for Hoffman, wrote a letter to Variety owner Penske Media Corp. in which he called the accusations against Hoffman “defamatory falsehoods.”
Thomas, who was 16 at the time of her alleged encounter with Hoffman in 1980, and a high school classmate of Hoffman’s daughter Karina, told the publication that after a walk with Karina and Hoffman in Manhattan she found herself in Hoffman’s hotel room waiting to be picked up by her parents.
“He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” Thomas told Variety. “He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time.”
Actress Kathryn Rossetter became the third woman to accuse Hoffman of sexual misconduct when she detailed allegations about a week ago stemming from work on “Death of a Salesman” in the 1980s, as we reported previously.
The Hollywood Reporter details accounts by a total of five women accusing Hoffman of impropriety, including Thomas. As we reported previously, Hoffman was confronted recently by TV host John Oliver about allegations of sexual misbehavior by the actor in a panel discussion that has gone viral.
You can see some of that confrontation by clicking here.