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 stated 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 stated in an interview with The Associated Press.
“I was simply sitting there ready for my mother and father. He got here out of the toilet and had a towel round him and that was the primary, ‘Hmm, that’s type of bizarre,'” Thomas, now 53, stated. “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 revealed 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 looking 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 stated in an earlier assertion that the incident “is just not 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 reasonably big star” who she considered in the meanwhile “as my good friend’s dad.”
She stated 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 stated. “I did not know what to do actually. He made a name to somebody and he stated, ‘Oh I’ve essentially the most lovely woman massaging my ft. How outdated are you?’ and I stated 16, and he stated ‘She is 16.’ So he knew my age.”
The uncomfortable encounter continued after the decision with Hoffman repeatedly asking if she needed to see him bare once more, Thomas stated.
“I was in a state of shock, not figuring out what to do,” she stated. “He stored saying, ‘You know I’m bare. You know I’m bare. If you look, you will notice I’m bare.'”
“I did not need to be impolite. I was making an attempt 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 stated she didn’t inform her about what had occurred however was quiet sufficient to make her mom suspicious.
“She stored asking, ‘What occurred, is the whole lot OK?’ I stored saying ‘I’m tremendous.’ I was afraid of creating a fuss. I did not need to embarrass my good friend. I did not need to embarrass myself. I did not need to inform her,” Thomas stated. “I simply stored pondering it was my fault.”
Thomas stated it will be years earlier than she would discuss concerning the expertise and that she simply tried to push it apart. The impact on her lingered, although, she stated.
“Especially as a result of I assumed it was an remoted incident, I took extra guilt and blame onto myself. I feel I’ve at all times behaved in a method to not act suggestive,” Thomas stated. “In the skilled world, I attempt to be very refined and never in any method look seductive or appear as if I’m making an attempt to be.”
Thomas stated she determined to come back ahead publicly to assist 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 stated. “I do suppose that he ought to know that he did one thing incorrect and it isn’t OK with me that he did one thing incorrect. People additionally have to know that it isn’t OK to do these items.”
The Variety report included the account of Melissa Kester, who stated 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 every week after Hoffman was pointedly questioned about his remedy of girls at a panel hosted by late-night host John Oliver. Hoffman appeared blindsided by Oliver’s questioning. He stated Hunter’s accusation was 40 years outdated and maintained that he did nothing incorrect.