John Oliver challenges Dustin Hoffman on his response to sexual harassment allegations

John Oliver challenges Dustin Hoffman on his response to sexual harassment allegations

Michael Rapaport and Alec Baldwin both offered up criticism of John Oliver in wake of the comedian's testy panel discussion with Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment allegations before a "Wag the Dog" screening earlier this week.

Oliver challenged Hoffman's response, saying, "It is reflective of who you were ... it feels like a cop-out to say, 'This isn't me, '" according to The Washington Post, which also posted video of the panel.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel awful that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation", Hoffman said at the time. In a six-minute (edited) video taken by a journalist who was attending the panel discussion, Hoffman is seen asking Oliver if he actually believed "the stuff you're reading" and questioning why Graham Hunter hadn't come forward with her story in over three decades - something that earned him an "Oh, Dustin" and an exasperated sigh from Oliver. "If I met her it was in concert with other people".

"'It's 'not reflective of who I am.' It's that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off".

While marking the 20 anniversary of Hoffman's Wag the Dog, Oliver, host of an HBO talk show, brought the sexual allegations into the limelight. "What response do you want?' - Hoffman 'It doesn't seem self-reflective in the way the situation demands" - Oliver". You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen. Society today has become very stringent ruled by Political Correctness which is the government telling you what to say and what to do and when to say it and when to do it. But they were sexual in terms of the humour of it. These people making these sexual harassment charges from 30 or 40 years ago are clinging to the past and like she said "times change".

"Because there's no point in her lying".

"I would not have made that movie if I didn't have an incredible respect for women", Hoffman said. It did not manifestly address another claim, by the writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, that Hoffman had propositioned her inappropriately in a pitch meeting in 1991.

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"You also have the way men and women worked together [in the past]; you are in a situation where 'that was then, this is now and what difference is all this going to make?" You know, you will go through difficulties in your life. Others, however, were exceptionally thankful, such as the woman who called out, "Thank you for believing women!"

Oliver said that he considered not addressing the subject at what was intended as a genial chat but then decided he bore an obligation. According to the Washington Post, Oliver said that he felt obligated to raise the topic because "it's hanging in the air". "The easy way is not to bring anything up".

"This is a story I've told so often I'm sometimes surprised when someone I know hasn't heard it. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself".

After facing a lot of backlash for the initial tweet, the "Saturday Night Live" actor clarified that he did not "express a preference" and even told one of his trolls that she seems "angry" and was being "harsh". "Keep a kind of open mind if you can, John". "Because otherwise, it's too corrosive, it's too negative and it does you a double injury because it holds you back".

Tensions did not cool throughout the session.

"I'm happy [I wasn't]", Oliver replied.

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