Three more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman, including one woman who says the revered actor exposed himself to her when she was a minor.
The new allegations, reported on Thursday in a Variety exclusive, follow allegations from three other women in recent weeks accusing the actor of sexual misconduct. One of those women, Anna Graham Hunter, accused Hoffman in October of sexually harassing and assaulting her in 1985 on the set of a Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman." She was just 17 years old at the time. A new accuser, Cori Thomas, says she was just 16 when Hoffman deliberately exposed himself to her while she was waiting for her parents to pick her up from his hotel after visiting her high school classmate, his daughter Karina. A representative for Hoffman has called the allegations "defamatory falsehoods."
Variety presents the allegations of Thomas, the daughter of a U.N. ambassador from Liberia, in detail. The encounter with Hoffman allegedly took place in 1980, while she was attending the United Nations International School in New York with Hoffman’s daughter. Thomas, who was an aspiring actress at the time, says the incident occurred after she, Karina, and Hoffman spent a Sunday afternoon together walking in Manhattan.
"This was at first one of the greatest days of my life," Thomas told Variety. "One of my idols was spending time with me and talking with me respectfully."
After taking the girls to see his new apartment which was being renovated, Hoffman, who was in the middle of a divorce from his first wife Anne Byrne, then took the girls to his hotel, where he was staying while the renovations were completed and where Hoffman had instructed Thomas's parents to pick up their daughter. Variety reports:
After the three arrived at Hoffman’s hotel room, “Either Karina or Dustin suggested that [Karina] should go home” to Hoffman and Byrne’s house nearby, Thomas said, “because it was a school night and she had homework. So she left, and I was left in the hotel room with him alone.”
Shortly after Karina departed, according to Thomas, Hoffman went to the restroom. She heard the shower turn on. “I was just sitting there waiting for my parents,” Thomas said.
After several minutes, “He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” Thomas said. “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.”
Thomas says that Hoffman finally put on his robe and then sat on the bed and asked her to massage his feet, which she felt compelled to do.
"I didn't know what to do in the circumstance," said Thomas. "I didn’t know that I could say no, so I did it. And he kept telling me, 'I'm naked. Do you want to see?'"
Pretending not to hear his questions, Thomas says the alarming moment was finally disrupted by the phone ringing.
"What saved me was that the phone rang, and it was my mother downstairs to pick me up," Thomas said. "So I left."
Thomas says that she did not tell her mother until recently and didn’t tell Karina because she "didn’t want to embarrass her," but she did tell a family member seven years after the incident. That family member confirmed her account to Variety.
Variety also presents the allegations of two other new accusers, both of whom say Hoffman sexually assaulted them, one while recording audio for “Ishtar” and the other in the back of a station wagon. The other two women who have come forward are produer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, who says Hoffman propositioned her during what was supposed to be a professional meeting, and actress Kathryn Rossetter, who, like Anna Graham Hunter, has accused Hoffman of sexually harassing and assaulting her during the production of “Death of a Salesman.”