Dustin Hoffman Accuser: "I Don't Think We Should Feel Sorry for Him"
On 'NBC Nightly News,' Kathryn Rossetter joined two other women who called the actor out for sexual misconduct — Anna Graham Hunter and Cori Thomas — to discuss their allegations.
On Monday's NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt, Dustin Hoffman accuser Kathryn Rossetter bristled at a reporter's question of whether Americans should feel sorry for Dustin Hoffman, who is now facing at least eight allegations of sexual misconduct during the 1970s and 1980s.
"I don't think we should feel sorry for him, he's fine," Rossetter told reporter Cynthia McFadden. "We have a culture of celebrity. And just because you're good at sports or music or acting doesn't mean that you're a completely integrated, fabulous human being. … That might be part of [Hoffman's] tragedy. He brings so much humanity to his work, but doesn't quite [bring it] to his life."
Her comments were part of an interview featuring two other women — Anna Graham Hunter and Cori Thomas — who have accused the actor of sexual misconduct. NBC's interview marked the first television appearance of Hoffman accusers.
During the segment, Hunter, Thomas and Rossetter retold stories that they had previously shared with The Hollywood Reporter and Variety in November and December. Hunter's story, the first allegations against Hoffman to come to light, was first published in a November guest column in THR. Recalling her time working as a 17-year-old production assistant on the set of the 1985 TV film Death of a Salesman, Hunter said that the actor groped her, asked her to give him foot rubs and made sexually explicit comments to her over the course of the production.
"At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere. He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment," Hunter wrote.
Rossetter, Hoffman's co-star on the 1980s Broadway play and TV movie of Death of a Salesman, first published her allegations in THR one month later. The actress, who portrayed the play's "Woman in Boston," alleged that Hoffman repeatedly groped her backstage, requested massages and once pulled her costume over her head in front of the show's crew.
Rossetter called her time working with Hoffman as "a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols."
Thomas came forward with her story in mid-December in articles in both Variety and THR. When she was 16 years old and a friend of Hoffman's daughter Karina, the actor took his daughter and Thomas out to dinner in Manhattan. After, when Thomas was waiting for her parents to come pick her up, Hoffman suggested the three wait upstairs in the hotel room he was living in during a divorce. After Hoffman's daughter went home to complete her homework, Thomas says Hoffman disrobed and asked her to rub his feet.
In response to Hunter's story, Hoffman said in a statement to THR in early November, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am." But during a panel discussion following a 20th anniversary screening of Wag the Dog one month later, the actor told host John Oliver he "never met her."