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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor and Sexually Assaulting Two Women

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman has been accused of exposing himself to a high school student and sexually assaulting two other women in the 1980s. Variety reports that the three women all allege that Hoffman commited acts of sexual misconduct against them decades ago, one of whom was a friend of his daughter Karina’s.

According to the site, Cori Thomas alleges that Karina lived with her mother at the time (the two were divorced) and that Hoffman was staying at a hotel near his ex-wife’s home. She says she had dinner with Hoffman and Karina and that her parents were supposed to pick her up at the restaurant, but they went back to the hotel and she left a note for her parents stating such. She says that soon after they arrived at the hotel, Hoffman sent Karina home to finish her homework.

Thomas says that he then went to go take a shower and eventually appeared in front of her wearing only a towel, which he then dropped. She 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.”

She goes on to say that he put on a robe after that and asked her to massage her feet, which she did. She added, that he made suggestive comments to her that she pretended not to hear.

“I didn’t know what to do in the circumstance,” she said. “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?’…What saved me was that the phone rang, and it was my mother downstairs to pick me up. So I left.” She said she felt humiliated and didn’t tell her mother about if for decades, noting, “My mother always had some instinct that something untoward had happened. She kept asking me, and I was so mortified, I never said anything.” Thomas’ daughter recalled being concerned that her daughter had been alone with Hoffman.

In addition, Melissa Kester alleges that Hoffman sexually assaulted her while recording audio for Ishtar and a third woman, who asked for anomity, said Hoffman assaulted her in back of a station wagon at the same point in time. Kester says that Hoffman was struggling doing his vocal work and that the two men in the control room were making technical adjustments, when he said, “‘Send Melissa in here. I’m bored. Send Melissa in here.’” She said that atmosphere was “joking” and went into the booth.

“He may have been being flirtatious, but it wasn’t to the point of being obscene, because my boyfriend’s there,” Kester said. “Then they get ready to do another take. I’m standing there, and it’s kind of a small room, and he grabs me, so we’re both facing out so we’re both facing the people in the studio. I’m thinking that it’s kind of flirtatious and funny, like he’s holding onto me, because I’m going to help him sing better. I felt awkward. It’s a little weird. He’s hugging me while he’s singing. But ha ha ha, it’s all a joke. My boyfriend is right there.”

Kester said Hoffman continued with the take and said, “And as he’s doing that, he literally just stuck his fingers down my pants. He put his fingers inside me. And the thing I feel most bad about is I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there. I just froze in the situation like ‘Oh my god, what is happening?’ It’s shocking when that happens to you.”

The third woman said that she had a non-speaking role in Ishtar in one of the film’s nightclub scenes and that Hoffman approached her while on the set, inviting her to have lunch in his dressing room. She agreed and said that later, on the last day of the shoot, he offered to give her a ride home and rode in the back of a station wagon that an operator was driving. She was wearing a skirt with other people present lying with them in the back of the wagon and said, “There are people inches from us. And he just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me. I didn’t know what to do. He’s smiling at me. I was frozen. I was outside of my body.”

She said she doesn’t remember how long the contact lasted and felt unable to do anything to stop it. “There were people there,” she said. “What are they going to think of me, that I’m a whore, if a say something? What would I say? He’s Dustin Hoffman.”

The woman says the card dropped her near her apartment and that Hoffman gave her $20 and told her to go to the San Remo, where he lived. She describes herself as being in a “kind of fugue state” triggered by the counter and went by cap to the San Remo. She said Hoffman was waiting outside and took her upstairs, where she had sex with him. She decribed the station wagon incident as non-consensual and when asked about if the second was non-consensial, she said, “I don’t know.”

Hoffman’s lawyer called the accusations “defamatory falsehoods.”

This is the latest set of allegations against the actor. In November, his former intern alleged that he sexually harassed her when she was seventeen on the set of the 1985 TV adaptation of Death of a Salesman. A new accuser came forward earlier this month and said he groped her.

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