ROME (AP) — A playwright who says Dustin Hoffman uncovered himself to her and had her therapeutic massage his ft in a resort room when she was 16 mentioned Friday that she spent years in responsible silence and took pains to not costume suggestively in skilled contexts as a result of she assumed the incident was her fault.
Playwright Cori Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter in 1980 when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his New York resort room to attend for her mom after dinner with the youngsters. After his daughter left, Hoffman went to take a bathe, Thomas mentioned in an interview with The Associated Press.
“I was simply sitting there ready for my dad and mom. He got here out of the lavatory and had a towel round him and that was the primary, ‘Hmm, that’s form of bizarre,'” Thomas, now 53, mentioned. “And then he dropped the towel, and I feel I similar to….I had by no means seen a unadorned man. I had by no means kissed a person.”
Entertainment commerce outlet Variety first reported Thomas’ account in a narrative printed Thursday that included one other girl’s allegation that Hoffman pushed his hand down her pants in a recording studio whereas engaged on the 1987 film “Ishtar.”
The publicist and legal professional for the 80-year-old Oscar winner didn’t return e mail messages searching for remark Thursday.
Actress Anna Graham Hunter additionally has alleged that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate feedback when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV film “Death of a Salesman.”
Hoffman mentioned in an earlier assertion that the incident “shouldn’t be reflective of who I’m.”
During an interview with the AP in Rome, the place she had attended an occasion for Italian and American playwrights, Thomas described her shock and confusion within the resort room with “a fairly enormous star” who she considered in the intervening time “as my good friend’s dad.”
She mentioned that after dropping his towel, Hoffman placed on a gown and requested her to therapeutic massage his ft.
“I did not know what to do. I acted my age. I was 16. I assumed, ‘Eewww, yuck,'” Thomas mentioned. “I did not know what to do actually. He made a name to somebody and he mentioned, ‘Oh I’ve essentially the most stunning lady massaging my ft. How outdated are you?’ and I mentioned 16, and he mentioned ‘She is 16.’ So he knew my age.”
The uncomfortable encounter continued after the decision with Hoffman repeatedly asking if she wished to see him bare once more, Thomas mentioned.
“I was in a state of shock, not figuring out what to do,” she mentioned. “He stored saying, ‘You know I’m bare. You know I’m bare. If you look, you will note I’m bare.'”
“I did not wish to be impolite. I was attempting to be well mannered. This was so bizarre and incorrect. … There was part of me anxious about what may occur,” she continued.
After her mom lastly picked her up, Thomas mentioned she didn’t inform her about what had occurred however was quiet sufficient to make her mom suspicious.
“She stored asking, ‘What occurred, is all the things OK?’ I stored saying ‘I’m high quality.’ I was afraid of constructing a fuss. I did not wish to embarrass my good friend. I did not wish to embarrass myself. I did not wish to inform her,” Thomas mentioned. “I simply stored considering it was my fault.”
Thomas mentioned it could be years earlier than she would discuss in regards to the expertise and that she simply tried to push it apart. The impact on her lingered, although, she mentioned.
“Especially as a result of I assumed it was an remoted incident, I took extra guilt and blame onto myself. I feel I’ve all the time behaved in a method to not act suggestive,” Thomas mentioned. “In the skilled world, I attempt to be very refined and never in any method look seductive or appear as if I’m attempting to be.”
Thomas mentioned she determined to return ahead publicly to help Hunter and counter assaults on the actress’s credibility.
“He is 80 years outdated. I do not suppose something goes to vary with him,” she mentioned. “I do suppose that he ought to know that he did one thing incorrect and it’s not OK with me that he did one thing incorrect. People additionally have to know that it’s not OK to do this stuff.”
The Variety report included the account of Melissa Kester, who mentioned Hoffman pushed his hand down her pants whereas he was recording music for “Ishtar” and occurred behind a partition whereas others, together with Kester’s boyfriend, had been close by.
The report got here per week after Hoffman was pointedly questioned about his remedy of ladies at a panel hosted by late-night host John Oliver. Hoffman appeared blindsided by Oliver’s questioning. He mentioned Hunter’s accusation was 40 years outdated and maintained that he did nothing incorrect.