"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," Hoffman said in a
statement to the magazine.
Hoffman, 80, star of "The Graduate" and "Tootsie," said behavior
described by Anna Graham Hunter in a first person account for
The Hollywood Reporter magazine was "not reflective of who I
Reuters could not independently confirm Hunter's allegations.
Hoffman's representatives did not respond to requests for
further comment and Reuters was unable to reach Hunter.
Hunter alleged in extracts from her 1985 diary and notes to her
sister that Hoffman made vulgar remarks and jokes at her expense
while she was working as a 17-year-old production assistant on
the set of the 1985 TV film "Death of a Salesman."
"He (Hoffman) was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he
talked about sex to me and in front of me," Hunter wrote.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that six
women had made allegations of harassment and unwanted attention
against movie director Brett Ratner. Ratner's lawyer vehemently
denied their claims.
A number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault have
been made in recent months against some prominent Hollywood men,
including producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)
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