Three more women have come forward to accuse American actor Dustin Hoffman of inappropriate sexual behavior. The women, one of whom wished to remain anonymous, spoke to Variety about their alleged encounters with the two-time Oscar winner, which ranged from sexual harassment to assault. Hoffman did not comment on the allegations. However, his lawyer called them “defamatory falsehoods.”
One of the women is Cori Thomas, a friend of Hoffman’s daughter Karina. She said Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was in high school In New York City. The year was 1980 and she was 16 at the time. She said Hoffman had taken her and his daughter out for dinner, then when they returned, she waited alone in an apartment with the actor for her mother to pick her up. While she waited, Thomas claims the actor took a shower and later emerged in a towel, which he dropped in her presence.
She tells Variety: “He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time.”
She said Hoffman eventually put a robe on then asked her to massage his feet.
She said: “I didn’t know that I could say no, so I did it. And he kept telling me, ‘I’m naked. Do you want to see?’ ”
Thomas says she was “saved” when her mother arrived to pick her up, although she did not tell her what had happened until recently. She also says she never told Hoffman’s daughter, who was later a bridesmaid in her wedding.
“I didn’t want to embarrass her,” Thomas explains.
Another accuser, Melissa Kester said she had recently graduated college when Hoffman sexually assaulted her while recording a song for his film Ishtar. Kester was invited to the recording by her boyfriend, who was working on music for the film. An aspiring writer, Kester says she bonded with Hoffman over their love of theater. When he asked for her phone number, Kester says she gave it to him.
When they met again at the recording studio, Kester says, Hoffman was struggling to record a song and jokingly asked her to stand next to him in the booth, which had a chest-level partition that blocked the lower halves of their bodies from view.
She recalled: “I’m standing there, and it’s kind of a small room, and he grabs me, so we’re both facing out so we’re both facing the people in the studio. I’m thinking that it’s kind of flirtatious and funny, like he’s holding onto me, because I’m going to help him sing better. I felt awkward. It’s a little weird. He’s hugging me while he’s singing. But ha ha ha, it’s all a joke. My boyfriend is right there.”
Kester says the ordeal continued for 15-20 seconds until the take was finished. She also says she made an effort not to react to what Hoffman was doing so as not to alert her boyfriend or the other men in the studio. After the take ended, she says Hoffman “kind of laughed.”
She added: “Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying. I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I felt like I’d been raped. There was no warning. I didn’t know he would do that.”
Kester never told her boyfriend what happened, but says Hoffman called her repeatedly after the alleged incident.
A third woman, who wished to remain anonymous, claims Hoffman assaulted her on the set of Ishtar. She claims Hoffman “stuck his fingers right up inside of me” while she was sitting with him in the back of a crowded station wagon. She also claims later that night she went to Hoffman’s hotel room and had sex with the actor. She says the alleged incident in the car was not consensual, but when asked whether hotel encounter was, she told Variety, “I don’t know.”