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Meryl Streep responds to claims Dustin Hoffman groped her when they first met

They starred opposite one another in Oscar-winning drama Kramer vs Kramer in 1979

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 08 November 2017 09:45 GMT
Meryl Streep responds to claims Dustin Hoffman groped her when they first met

In light of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep has addressed an old interview in which she claimed the actor groped her when she first met him.

The interview, which appeared in a 1979 issue of Time Magazine, saw Streep recount her first meeting with the actor whom she starred opposite in Kramer vs. Kramer.

“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin - burp - Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast,” Slate reports the interview as saying.

“What an obnoxious pig, I thought.”

A representative for Streep has since told E! News that the interview was “not an accurate rendering of that meeting,“ adding: “There was an offence and it is something for which Dustin apologised. And Meryl accepted that.”

​Streep starred with Hoffman in the emotional drama film following a couple's divorce and its impact on everyone involved.

It wa previously claimed in Streep's biography, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, that Hoffman slapped the actress across the face during one of the Oscar-winning film's key scenes. It was also alleged that he taunted Streep about her then-boyfriend, actor John Cazale, who died of lung cancer while they were in a relationship in 1978.

Hoffman has had two allegations of sexual harassment levied against him in recent weeks. Anna Graham Hunter claims the actor harassed her while she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of Death of a Salesman while TV producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis alleges that Hoffman acted inappropriately during a professional meeting to discuss a play she had written in 1991.

Hoffman later apologised in a statement, saying: “It is not reflective of who I am.”

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