Two familiar names are among the latest Hollywood figures to be added to the list of men who have been accused of sexual harassment as fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to work its way through the industry.
Brett Ratner, director of the “Rush Hour” movies, and two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman have been caught up in the scandal. Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by six women, The Los Angeles Times reports. Hoffman is the focus of a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter by writer Anna Graham Hunter, who says Hoffman sexually harassed her when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie “Death of a Salesman.”
Hunter admits in the THR column to being conflicted about the incident. “I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman. Until I didn’t,” she writes.
In a passage she wrote in 1985, reprinted in the column, Hunter adds: “No one is 100 percent good or bad. Dustin’s a pig, but I like him a lot.”
Hoffman has apologized for the 1985 incident. Contacted by THR, he responded: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
A report by The Los Angeles Times details allegations against film director Ratner by women including actresses Olivia Munn, Katharine Towne, Jaime Ray Newman and Natasha Henstridge.
Munn’s account includes details of an incident she says happened in L.A. around when she was starting out back in 2004.
Munn told The Times: “He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other. And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.”
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