The conversation grew increasingly angry as it wore on.When Hoffman began talking about his long career, Oliver interjected with “Oh, Jesus.” “So now I can’t even finish a sentence? Hoffman also cited “Tootsie” as evidence of his feminist bona fides.look at how many women were erased by me because of the generation I was born.’ That was a very strong reason for me wanting to make that movie.“It’s shocking to me you don’t see me more clearly,” he then said to Oliver.She had never had sexual intercourse with either of her first two husbands, she confided; nor had she ever allowed anyone else to touch her below her personal ‘Mason–Dixon line’ — the name given to the border between the Southern and Northern parts of the United States.
“I can’t leave certain things unaddressed,” the host said. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself. “Keep a kind of open mind if you can, John.” “I’m trying,” Oliver said.it’s hanging in the air,” Oliver said to Hoffman at the discussion, an anniversary screening of the film “Wag the Dog.” He was alluding to an allegation made by Anna Graham Hunter last month that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie “Death of a Salesman.” “It’s hanging in the air? “From a few things you’ve read, you’ve made an incredible assumption about me,” he noted, adding sarcastically, “You’ve made the case better than anyone else can.I’m guilty.” The “Last Week Tonight” personality was moderating a 20th-anniversary screening panel at the 92nd Street Y on behalf of the Tribeca Institute, with stars Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson on the stage.” Hoffman accused Oliver of “putting me on display” and said he felt blindsided because neither Oliver nor Tribeca organizers had told him that the moderator would raise the subject. “Oh, Dustin,” Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand. Let’s look at real sexual criminal predators.” “That’s a low bar,” Oliver retorted.Several times, however, Oliver sought to move on and talk about the film, but Hoffman returned to the subject of harassment, growing testy as he said Oliver was not keeping an “open mind” while unquestionably believing accusers. At one point, Rosenthal tried to jump in and defuse the situation. The back-and-forth mainly centered on the Graham Hunter allegations, and also at times invoked an accusation by Hoffman’s “The Graduate” co-star Katharine Ross that he had groped her on the set of the classic film.“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” Oliver said. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. ” Oliver, though, said he felt it was imperative to talk about it. “[But] there’s an elephant in the room because, this particular incident, a conversation has not been had.” He noted that the film they were gathering to discuss, “Wag The Dog,” dealt with sexual misconduct by a powerful man.