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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Assaulting More Women
Three more women have accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, following recent reports of four other women who have alleged the actor had sexually harassed and/or assaulted them.
In an exclusive with Variety, the three women claim the incidents happened in the 1980s. Two of the alleged events detailed by Melissa Kester and a person who requested to remain anonymous occurred while making the 1987 film, Ishtar and included alleged digital penetration. The other involved Cori Thomas, who was a friend of Hoffman’s daughter, Karina. Thomas alleges he exposed himself to her when she was a teenager.
Hoffman’s attorney Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt said the accusations against Hoffman were “defamatory falsehoods” in a statement to Variety.
According to Thomas, her parents were to pick her up at the restaurant, but Hoffman suggested they wait at his hotel. Once there, Thomas claims that Karina went home “because it was a school night and she had homework. So she left, and I was left in the hotel room with him alone.”
Thomas claims that Hoffman then went to the bathroom and she heard the shower turn on. After several minutes, she claims he came out in a towel, which he then shed. “He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed,” she told Variety. “It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified.” She said he eventually put on a robe and allegedly asked for a foot rub, to which she acquiesced.
Soon after, Thomas parents called to pick her up. She claims she didn’t tell her mother until decades later. “I was humiliated,” she said.
Kester said they were tracking Hoffman’s vocals in a sound booth where he could only be viewed from the chest up from the control room where her boyfriend and an engineer were recording the actor. Kester said Hoffman was struggling with his vocals and requested that she join him in the sound booth. “He may have been flirtatious, but it wasn’t to the point of being obscene, because my boyfriend was there,” she said. So she went into the booth and while there she claimed he was hugging her while he was doing his vocal take. “And as he’s doing that, he literally stuck his finger down my pants,” Kester claimed. “He put his finger inside me.” She said she froze.
Kester claimed Hoffman continued to call her after the event.
The third women who asked to remain anonymous said she was 22-years-old when she met Hoffman working on Ishtar in a non-speaking role for one of the film’s nightclub scenes. She said he invited her to lunch in his dressing room, and she dined with him. About a week later, she said the actor invited her to the set for the last day of the shoot and she went.
After the shoot, she said she was going to leave, but claimed the actor asked her to stay for the wrap party. Late that evening, he offered her a ride home in a station wagon that was filled with others from the shoot, so she and Hoffman got into the back of the car where they had to lay down next to each other. “There are people inches from us, ” she said. “And he just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me.” She said she froze and didn’t know what to do.