Another actress has accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment

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  • Actress Kathryn Rossetter has accused Dustin Hoffman of
    groping her while the two acted in a Broadway revival of “Death
    of a Salesman” in 1983.
  • Rossetter said it was “a horrific, demoralizing and
    abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting
    idols.”
  • Rossetter said Hoffman asked her for a back rub which
    led to him groping her off stage in the middle of almost every
    show.

 

On the heels of
two

women
accusing actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment, a
third has now written a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter

On Friday, the trade ran the account of actress Kathryn
Rossetter, who worked alongside Hoffman in the Broadway revival
production of “Death of a Salesman” in 1983 as well as the TV
movie. Hoffman played the lead Willy Loman. 

Rossetter alleges in the column that after Hoffman went out of
his way to campaign for Rossetter to get the role of Willy
Loman’s mistress, “the Woman in Boston,” he began to physically
violate her throughout the production. She says it started during
the first week of rehearsals when Hoffman invited Rossetter to
his hotel room. There he asked her to give him a back rub. He
took off his shirt, according to Rossetter, and she gave him what
she called a “very lame rub” until the hotel maid walked in on
them. 

“That was the beginning of what was to become a horrific,
demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of
one of my acting idols,” Rossetter wrote in the THR column.

The actress performed alongside Hoffman six to eight shows a
week, and in that time, she claimed the actor would fondle and
grope her off stage “almost every show.” 

“One night in Chicago, I felt his hand up under my slip on the
inside of my thighs,” Rossetter wrote. “I was completely
surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for
my cues. After the show he was busy with the producer and
director so I had no access to him to address it.”

“One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me,”
she wrote. “Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew
and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal
relationships with the cast. How could the same man who fought to
get me the job, who complimented my work, who essentially
launched my career, who gave me the benefit of his wisdom as an
actor, how could he also be this sexual power abuser? Was I doing
something? Was it my fault?”

And it didn’t stop when the shows ended. At parties, Rossetter
said that whenever Hoffman took a picture with her he would put
his hand around her rib cage and then grab her breast just before
the picture was taken.

“Only by luck do I have one such picture — where the camera
caught him in the act,” Rossetter wrote. That picture is included
in the THR column.

Here it is:

The groping off stage continued. One night, Rossetter said she
missed her laugh cue because while groping her, Hoffman suddenly
grabbed the bottom of her slip and pulled it over her head,
exposing her breaks and body to the crew, which Rossetter claims
Hoffman told to come backstage at that moment “for a surprise.”

Rossetter said she finally got her chance to confront Hoffman one
night, she pushed him against a wall and screamed, “F— you! How
would you like it if someone did that to you before you walked
out on stage every night, Mr. Method Actor? Leave me alone!”
Rossetter said he left her alone for three days, and then went
back to groping her.

Hoffman issued a statement regarding the previous accusers,
stating: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel
terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an
uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who
I am.”

The actor was then
confronted by HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver
at a
benefit screening of “Wag the Dog” on Monday about the first
allegation against him. A woman alleged that when she
was 17 years old and a production assistant on the set of the
“Death of a Salesman” TV movie, Hoffman groped and sexually
harassed her.

“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman told
Oliver. “I never met her. If I met her, it was in concert with
other people.”

Rossetter ended her THR column by writing about Hoffman:
“He robbed me of my joy in the experience and he left dirty
fingerprints on my soul.” 

Business Insider contacted Dustin Hoffman’s representative
for comment but did not get a response.

Read the entire column in The
Hollywood Reporter.

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