Oliver, Hoffman's war of words over sexual harassment claims

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HBO host John Oliver got into a heated discussion with actor Dustin Hoffman Monday night over the recent sexual harassment allegations made against him.

Oliver sat down with Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson in NY to celebrate Wag the Dog's 20 anniversary, and while much of the talk centred around the movie, Oliver eventually moved on to the topic of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, warning that it was "likely to be the tensest part of the evening".

Dustin Hoffman accused John Oliver of putting him "on display" as they engaged in a heated discussion about the sexual harassment allegations against the actor during a film Q&A, according to a U.S. report. You've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen. "I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried", she wrote.

Oliver proceeded to ask Hoffman if he felt his short apology was enough.

Hoffman apologised for "anything I might have done to have put [Anna Graham Hunter] in an uncomfortable situation" after she alleged he used sexual language towards her and groped her bottom on the set of Death Of A Salesman in 1985, when she was 17.

At one point Dustin even said "You weren't there" to which John replied, "I'm glad". "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am".

"It's that kind of response to this stuff that p***** me off", Oliver said.

At a screening commemorating the 20th anniversary of the film "Wag the Dog", Oliver asked the Oscar-winning actor about the claims made against him recently by an actress.

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According to Washington Post reporter Steve Zeitchik, who was in attendance, the confrontation between Oliver and Hoffman created a "testy" atmosphere, with audience members "arguing volubly" about whether Oliver should have raised the allegations against Hoffman.

"Do you believe this stuff that you're reading?"

Refusing to back down, John took issue with Hoffman's initial response to the allegations, where he claimed they were "not reflective" of who he is.

The Washington Post's Steven Zeitchik tweeted that Hoffman criticized Oliver for "unquestionably believing accusers" and not keeping an "open mind".

In not doing so, John would have berated himself, saying: "That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, "Why the f*** didn't I say something?"

But the conversation soon turned to the allegations of sexual harassment aimed at Hoffman by former intern Anna Graham Hunter and TV producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis. "No one stands up to powerful men", he said. The actor accused Oliver of "putting me on display" at the Q&A, claiming that he hadn't been told in advance that Oliver would raise the allegations at the event.

"I still don't know who this woman is", he added.

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