Cori Thomas, who was a high school classmate of Hoffman's daughter Karina, accused the two-time Oscar winner of exposing himself to her when she was 16 years old.
More women have come forward with inappropriate sexual behavior allegations against Dustin Hoffman. One woman accused the two-time Oscar winner of exposing himself to her when she was 16 years old, while the other two, one of whom opted to go anonymous, claimed that Dustin sexually assaulted them while working on 1987's "Ishtar".
Cori Thomas said that she was in high school when the alleged incident happened. Thomas, a classmate of Hoffman's daughter Karina at the United Nations International School in New York, said she met the actor in 1980. She told Variety that at one point, Karina left the apartment, leaving her alone with Hoffman while she waited for her parents.
According to Thomas, Hoffman later walked out in front of her naked. He also allegedly made suggestive comments to her as he said, "I'm naked. Do you want to see?" Thomas went on saying, "He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped. He was standing there naked. 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."
When "The Graduate" actor put on his robe, Thomas claimed he asked her to massage his feet. She complied.
Thomas didn't tell anyone, including her mom and Karina, until recently. "I didn't want to embarrass her," she explained why she didn't tell Karina, who was a bridesmaid at her wedding, about what happened in the room that day.
Meanwhile, Melissa Kester and the woman who refused to reveal her identity claimed that the 80-year-old actor sexually assaulted them while filming "Ishtar". Kester, now a producer of corporate instructional videos, said that Hoffman called her into a recording booth, where he was recording a vocal track. According to Kester, her boyfriend, who worked on music for the film, and everyone in the control room could see them from only chest level up.
Kester said that Hoffman later hugged her while singing. She thought it was all a joke since her boyfriend was right there, until Hoffman allegedly "literally just stuck his fingers down my pants." She added, "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 shocking when that happens to you."
Kester claimed that Hoffman kept his fingers inside her for 15-20 seconds. "He kind of laughed," she said. "Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying. I thought, 'Oh my God.' I felt like I'd been raped. There was no warning. I didn't know he would do that."
The third woman said she had a non-speaking role in one of the movie's nightclub scenes shot in New York at Kaufman Astoria Studios when she was 22 years old. One day, Hoffman offered her a ride which she accepted. Later, when they sat at the back of a car, he "just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of" her, who wore a skirt that day. "I didn't know what to do. He's smiling at me. I was frozen. I was outside of my body," she said. She later claimed that she had sex with him at the San Remo apartment building in New York.
The three allegations are the latest sexual harassment accusations which have been made against the actor. In November, Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern on the set of "Death of Salesman". Actress Kathryn Rossetter also claimed that he repeatedly groped her during the run of the 1985 TV adaptation of Arthur Miller's play, while Anna Graham Hunter said that Hoffman asked her to give him a foot massage on her first day working.
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