Now Hoffman, 80, is facing accusations of being the attempted seducer.
“Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, then a playwright in her 20s in search of her big break in New York in 1991, told Variety that the Oscar winner, then 53, made verbal advances and tried to convince her to leave his production company’s office and go to a nearby hotel,” USA Today said of a second accuser to emerge.
Riss Gatsiounis told Variety of a second meeting with the Oscar winner.
“I go in, and this time it’s, like, Dustin Hoffman’s really different. He says, ‘Before you start, let me ask you one question, Wendy — have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?’ It would be a whole new body to explore.”
She says she repeatedly said no.
She told Variety, “It was one voice in my head saying, ‘I was such an idiot. I should have just gone.’ And the other voice in my head saying, ‘Well, clearly he just wasn’t interested [in the play]. Why don’t you just realize he just wasn’t interested?’”
Hoffman promptly apologized after the published accusation, saying he respects women and these actions do not reflect the kind of person he is.
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