Dustin Hoffman faces new allegations of sexual misconduct — this time from a former co-star who claims the actor groped her almost nightly while they worked on Broadway together.
Kathryn Rossetter, who starred in “Death of a Salesman” alongside Hoffman in the 1980s, asserts Hoffman would place his hands underneath her clothing nearly every night they had a show during a particular scene where she was in the wings of the stage, according to a new first-person she wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.
“He kept it up and got more and more aggressive,” Rossetter wrote. “One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast.”
Rossetter also accuses Hoffman inviting her to his hotel room and asking for a backrub and requesting foot rubs in his dressing room.
Dustin Hoffman is accused of sexual misconduct by third woman.
(Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
She claims Hoffman lifted up her outfit one night backstage, exposing her breasts to crew members.
“Dustin had spread the word to the crew to come backstage at that time for a surprise,” Rossetter wrote. “What a jokester. Mr. Fun. It was sickening.”
A rep for Hoffman, 80, did provide a comment. His represenatives also did not provide a comment to THR, but Hoffman’s attorney did put the magazine in touch with several members of the cast and crew from that production of “Death of Salesman,” none of whom could confirm Rossetter’s allegations.
Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Rossetter in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway in this 1985 file photo.
(AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo)
Tom Kelly, the production stage manager who worked on that show, told THR that Rossetter’s story “just doesn’t ring true.
“Given my position, it’s insulting to say this kind of activity would go on to the extent of sexual violation,” Kelly said.
Rossetter is the third woman to accuse Hoffman of misconduct. The first, Anna Graham Hunter, claimed in a THR guest column last month that Hoffman grabbed her backside and requested a foot massage from her when she was a 17-year-old intern on the TV movie version of “Death of a Salesman” in 1985.
Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault
Hoffman issued an apology in response to the accusation.
“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” he said in a statement. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
A second woman, producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, then came forward to Variety shortly after to accuse Hoffman of making an unwanted sexual advance toward her during what she believed was supposed to be a business meeting.
A rep for Hoffman denied those allegations.