John Oliver put Dustin Hoffman on the hot seat Monday night over the Oscar winner’s apology for alleged harassment of a 17-year-old production assistant in 1985.
The “Last Week Tonight” host moderated a New York City panel including Hoffman and others involved with “Wag the Dog,” a political movie turning 20 this year.
“I still don’t know who this [accuser] is,” Hoffman said in video taken by Steven Zeitchik of The Washington Post. “I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people.”
Oliver ridiculed Hoffman’s earlier apology.
“‘It’s ‘not reflective of who I am.’ It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” Oliver said. “It is reflective of who you were. If it happened and you’ve given no evidence to show that it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. So it feels like a cop-out to say ‘well this isn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”
Hoffman, 80, replied, “It’s difficult to answer that question. You weren’t there.”
Hoffman asked Oliver whether he believed “this stuff that you read” on the case.
“I believe what she wrote, yes,” Oliver replied.
“Why?” asked Hoffman.
“Because there’s no point in her lying,” Oliver said, according to a CNN account.
“Well, there’s a point in her not bringing this up for 40 years,” Hoffman said.
Oliver said “Oh, Dustin,” putting his head in his hand.