Comic John Oliver stands by his choice earlier this month to publicly confront actor Dustin Hoffman on allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted actresses and feminine crew members, however regrets that the dialogue “didn’t actually go wherever constructive.”
“I did attempt. I attempted and failed,” Oliver informed British discuss present host Russell Howard final week, when requested about urgent the actor whereas moderating a panel occasion commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hoffman’s film “Wag the Canine.”
Some viewers members, in addition to actor Alec Baldwin, criticized Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Final Week Tonight,” for his dealing with of the matter.
Oliver stated that he broached the allegations with the approval of the occasion organizers, saying that it was “unavoidable.”
“I stated, ‘If he’s going to be there, I’ve to ask him about this. I perceive you may not need your occasion to be about this, so that you would possibly wish to get another person,’ and so they stated, ‘No, no, no, we would like you to do it,’” he recounted.
“It felt unavoidable that we needed to have a dialogue about it,” Oliver stated. “It wasn’t perfect that it grew to become such a giant media story as a result of then, I feel, it grew to become about my questions reasonably than his solutions. My questions weren’t significantly outstanding. His solutions had been type of not nice, in order that was actually the purpose of it. Nevertheless it didn’t actually go wherever constructive, so the entire thing simply made me really feel unhappy.”
In November, author Anna Graham Hunter detailed in The Hollywood Reporter that Hoffman groped her and made sexual feedback when she was a 17-year-old manufacturing assistant engaged on the set of the 1985 made-for-TV adaptation of “Dying of a Salesman.”
Since then, a number of different ladies, together with producers and actresses, have stated that Hoffman sexually harassed or assaulted them.
In response to Hunter’s account, Hoffman stated he was “sorry,” and known as the incidents “not reflective of who I’m.” His lawyer has denied a number of the different allegations, telling Selection that they’re “defamatory falsehoods.”