New allegations of sexual misconduct have been levelled against actor Dustin Hoffman in a new exclusive story in Variety.
The trade is reporting that three separate women have come forward with accusations including Cori Thomas who says she was a sixteen year old in high school when Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room in 1980.
Another, Melissa Kester, alleges Hoffman sexually assaulted her while recording audio. Finally one other, asking to remain anonymous, says Hoffman “assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized”. In the latter two cases it was around the time of production of “Ishtar” and in both cases it involved allegedly unprovoked, undesired and unwarranted finger banging for a sustained period.
The report follows in the wake of three previous sexual-misconduct claims against the now 80-year-old actor. Hoffman’s attorney has called the new round accusations against the actor ‘defamatory falsehoods’.
The report comes as a new wave of misconduct cases have hit Hollywood this week with more allegations, including rape, levelled at music producer Russell Simmons by The New York Times and The L.A. Times. ABC fired “The Great American Baking Show” judge Johnny Iuzzini and axed the remaining episodes of his show amid sexual misconduct allegations from four former employees via Mic.com.
PBS has suspended its longtime late-night talkshow host Tavis Smiley after looking into “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS” reports Deadline.
Additionally Variety reports that documentary-maker Morgan Spurlock will step down from his production company after revealing on Twitter that when he was in college, he was accused of raping a female classmate, that he had settled an 8-year-old sexual harassment allegation at his office, and his frequent infidelities including being “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”