Things got very tense on a panel commemorating the 20th anniversary of the screening of the movie Wag the Dog when panel chair John Oliver went after actor Dustin Hoffman over the recent sexual harassment allegations made against the actor.
Hoffman said the HBO talk show host was not keeping an “open mind” and was unquestionably believing the accusers.
“I believe what she wrote, yes,” Oliver replied. “Because there’s no point in her lying.”
The actor countered: “Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years.”
Hunter published her account of her encounters with Hoffman – including diary entries she wrote at the time in which she said she had accused him of being a “dirty old man” – in The Hollywood Reporter in November.
The veteran star responded at the time by putting out a statement saying: “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.”