Three more women came forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual assault Thursday, with one accuser alleging she was just 16 when he exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room.
The new claims to Variety, which Hoffman’s attorney dismissed as “defamatory falsehoods,” bring the total number of accusations against the Oscar-winning actor to six.
Cori Thomas, a playwright, told the outlet she was just 16 when she met up with Hoffman and his daughter, Karina, for a day out in New York City in 1980.
Thomas claimed she was initially excited by the days’ events, as Karina was a friend from school and Hoffman, who she said had so far talked with her respectfully, was one of her idols.
Thomas said the plan was for her parents to pick her from dinner at an Upper East Side restaurant, but Hoffman suggested that the trio instead visit his hotel room.
“Either Karina or Dustin suggested that (Karina) should go home because it was a school night and she had homework. So she left, and I was left in the hotel room with him alone,” she recalled.
Not long after Karina left, Hoffman allegedly emerged from the bathroom naked except for a towel, which he quickly dropped.
“I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time,” she recalled.
She said he then put on a robe and asked her for a foot massage as she ignored his repeated requests to again show off his naked body.
“I didn’t know that I could say no, so I did it,” she said of the foot rub. “And he kept telling me, ‘I’m naked, do you want to see?’ What saved me was that the phone rang, and it was my mother downstairs to pick me up,” Thomas said.
The two other claims against Hoffman allege that the actor digitally penetrated women he met while working on the 1987 film “Ishtar.”
Melissa Kester told Variety she was dating a man who worked on the film’s music, and that she met Hoffman while visiting her boyfriend on set.
They hit it off the first few times they met, watching his performance in “Death of a Salesman,” and discussing possible business collaborations.
But on their third meeting, Kester said, he requested she join him in the recording booth, where he was recording a song for the film.
Kester obliged, and said Hoffman immediately grabbed her in a flirtatious manner, which made her feel “awkward,” but not alarmed, as her boyfriend was standing right outside the booth.
But then, she said, he stuck his fingers down her pants.
“He put his fingers inside me. And the thing I feel most bad about is I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there. I just froze in the situation like, ‘Oh my god, what is happening?’ It’s just shocking when it happens to you,” she said, estimating that he penetrated her for 15-20 seconds before laughing it off.
“He kind of laughed. Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying. I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I felt like I’d just been raped. There was no warning. I didn’t know he would do that,” she said.
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She also claimed the actor called her multiple times after the incident asking to meet up before she told him to knock it off.
Hoffman’s third accuser, who opted to remain anonymous, said that she was 22 and working as an extra on “Ishtar” when Hoffman offered her a ride home following an on-set wrap party.
She took him up on the offer, but since his station wagon was full, was forced to ride in the back of the vehicle in close quarters to Hoffman.
She alleged he stuck his fingers up her skirt while smiling.
“There are people inches from us. And he just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me. I didn’t know what to do. He’s smiling at me. I was frozen. I was outside of my body,” she said.
She claimed that once he dropped her off, he slipped her $ 20 and told her to go back to his home. She says she did, and that they had a sexual encounter she is unsure whether or not she’d label non-consensual.
Hoffman was previously slapped with three similar claims.
In October, author Anna Graham Hunter told The Hollywood Reporter Hoffman spewed lewd comments at her and grabbed her butt while she was an intern on the set of 1985’s “Death of a Salesman.”
She said Hoffman, then 47, asked for a foot massage just like he did with Thomas, and once told her he’d like a “soft-boiled clitoris” for breakfast.
The “Kramer vs. Kramer” star apologized to Hunter, and said such behavior is “not reflective of his character.”
In November, “Genius” producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told Variety Hoffman once propositioned her and made creepy come-ons like, “(Mine) would be a whole new body to explore,” during a pitch meeting in 1991.
Last week, an actress who worked with Hoffman on the Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman” claimed he groped and assaulted her almost nightly during the play’s run.
Though Hoffman did not respond to her claims directly, the show’s production stage manager told The Hollywood Reporter that her story “just doesn’t ring true.”
Hoffman was forced to face the music earlier this month during a tense sit-down with HBO late-night host John Oliver.
Oliver was moderating an anniversary screening of “Wag the Dog” with Hoffman when he called the actor’s apology to Hunter a “cop out” and slammed him for specifically saying his actions were not reflective of his character.
“It is reflective of who you are. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t (happen), there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women,” he said.
Hoffman simply responded, “You weren’t there,” before adamantly denying Hunter’s groping claims.