Two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman continues to be surrounded by allegations of sexual misconduct. In the latest development, a third woman has come forward, accusing Hoffman of sexually harassing and groping her.
“Actress Kathryn Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman in TV and Broadway productions of ‘Death of a Salesman,’ penned a first-person account of the alleged harassment in The Hollywood Reporter, describing it as a ‘horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols,'” The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
As we reported earlier this week, Hoffman was confronted by TV host John Oliver about sexual harassment allegations in a video that has gone viral. You can watch the exchange by clicking here.
“Rossetter said Hoffman repeatedly groped her backstage during performances of ‘Death of a Salesman’ in the early ’80s, slipping his hands underneath her slip as she waited in the wings for a cue to laugh,” The Post reports.
Rossetter writes in the THR column: “He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast.”
She adds: “Whenever he had a picture taken with me, he would put his arm around my rib cage and then grab my breast just before they snapped the picture and then remove it. He was very skilled at dropping his hand just as the picture snapped to avoid it being recorded.”
Hoffman has also been accused by two other women of sexual harassment.