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John Oliver questions Dustin Hoffman over groping allegations

John Oliver questions Dustin Hoffman over groping allegations

I'm sorry, it's not reflective of who I am. You weren't there." He added, "You made a judgment.

Hoffman complained about the questions saying to Oliver: "You've put me on display here". "It's hard for me to find a woman unattractive, unless she's angry or down on herself".

The celebrated actor would then spend the remainder of the Q&A attempting to contextualize his behavior, words which were combated by Oliver who later expressed why he couldn't stay silent. He continued, "It isreflective of who you were". The idea was to show just how common sexual mistreatment happens and how it affects most - if not all - women.

"You weren't there", Hoffman said.

DH: We were doing this.

If you have ever experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct while working in the entertainment industry, we'd like to hear from you. You break it up. Everyone was saying it to each other. But, it becomes a fad in which, you know, I said a stupid thing, you know, but I said it in the midst of the crew. But they were sexual in terms of the humour of it.

- An accuser, spurred by the current hysteria, simply misremembers what really happened all those years ago, which would explain why nearly all of the current accusations being made are very old. Oliver showed his distaste at that response.

-An accuser, now looking back on a life or career which didn't turn out like they want, embellishes a story because it serves to give their disappointments an explanation which relieves them of responsibility. "What would you have done?" asked Hoffman.

"It feels like dismissals or recontexualising". Hunter was 17 at the time.

She also accused Hoffman of being a "dirty old man" and a "pig".

HOFFMAN: Do you believe this stuff you read? During the heated discussion, Hoffman accused Oliver of blindsiding him with the topic of discussion, and said neither Oliver nor the organisers of the Tribeca Film Festival told him this would be a live issue.

"I gotta say, I don't love that response either", Oliver replied. The actor shot back, "Well, there is a point in her not bringing this up for 40 years".

Oliver said Hoffman's responses fell short of community expectations. Watch parts of their interaction below.

The exchange, which was captured on video by Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik, took place during a panel moderated by Oliver for a 20th anniversary screening of "Wag the Dog", which starred Hoffman.

Oliver replied: "I'm glad". But he said he felt he had no choice but to bring up the "elephant in the room". "Move on. Let it go", one woman shouted. "The easy way is not to bring anything up". "That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, 'Why the fuck didn't I say something?" After the host sent a comedian down to one of Moore's events, causing a disruption, Moore invited Kimmel via a tweet to come down to Alabama where he could mock the candidate's Christian values "man to man". "I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man". The actor asked Oliver if he actually believed Hunter's allegations.

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