Published Dec 08, 2017Last month, writer Anna Graham Hunter accused actor Dustin Hoffman of sexually harassing her when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of Death of a Salesman. Hoffman issued a semi-apologetic statement about the allegations, then John Oliver confronted him about the whole thing at a screening of Wag the Dog. Now, another woman has come forward to allege sexual misconduct while making Death of a Salesman.
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, actress Kathryn Rossetter detailed allegations that Hoffman was verbally and physically inappropriate with her. She appeared alongside him in the play and a TV movie adaptation, and said the job became "a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols."
The allegations include unwanted groping both onstage and off. Rossetter claimed that Hoffman would often grab her breast just before a photo was taken, only to remove it as the photo was snapped. Because this was before digital cameras and film had to be developed, she says one such photo captured Hoffman in the act. She shared the image with THR, which is available above.
"Only by luck do I have one such picture — where the camera caught him in the act," she wrote. "A picture I had taken with hopes of sending it to my family. A millisecond in time. There I am — big smile and my arm moving toward his with the intention to push it away. But caught as it is, it seems I'm complicit with the gesture. I was not. Not ever."
She later retaliated by grabbing Hoffman's genitals in a photo, which was published in Playboy.
In addition to constant unwanted groping, Rossetter alleged that Hoffman once lifted up her slip, revealing her naked body to the play's crew as something intended to a be a practical joke.
THR reached out to Hoffman's representatives about the claim. They didn't offer a response, but they did put THR in contact with a number of Death of a Salesman employees who claim they didn't witness any of the alleged behaviour.