Oliver said that he considered not addressing the subject at what was intended as a genial chat but then decided he bore an obligation. No one stands up to powerful men.’” “Am I the powerful man? The actor asked why the questioner wouldn’t hear his side.“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.NEW YORK — HBO host John Oliver hammered Dustin Hoffman about allegations of sexual harassment and the actor fired back with a ferocious defense, as a seemingly benign screening became an explosive conversation about Hollywood sexual misconduct on Monday night.“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because …She had, according to one speculative study, ‘the ability to make a matchstick feel like a cigar’.Charles Higham, one of her early biographers, went into greater detail, describing an ancient Chinese skill at which she was apparently adept, involving ‘a prolonged and carefully modulated hot oil massage’ and various arts to delay gratification.
It feels like a cop-out to say ‘It wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal? “Because there’s no point in [an accuser] lying.” “Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years,” Hoffman said. Rosenthal then said of the film, “It wasn’t produced by Weinstein or Miramax…Kevin Spacey wasn’t starring in it.“That you go by a couple of things you read.” As the panel went on some in the crowd became involved. Let it go,” one woman could be heard shouting to Oliver.She was soon drowned out by other people, one of whom said “Shame on you.” Another yelled to Oliver, “Thank you for believing women,” to loud cheers.“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman said.“I never met her; if I met her, it was in concert with other people.” [ Ballet chief Peter Martins under investigation after sexual harassment allegations ] Oliver dismissed that as insufficient, then cited Hoffman’s response at the time of the allegation that the actor’s behavior on set was “not reflective of” who he really is.Hoffman had offered a conditional apology at the time of the allegation, and on Monday he underscored an “if” included in that statement, noting several times that he didn’t really believe he had done anything wrong.