On Monday night, John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman appeared at the 92nd Street Y for a panel on the film Wag The Dog, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. According to Deadline, attendees got way more than they bargained for. About 20 minutes in, Oliver decided to bring up the current conversation all of Hollywood is having about sexual assault. If you didn't know, Hoffman was accused of grabbing production assistant Anna Graham Hunter on the set of TV movie Death of a Salesman. At the time, Hoffman was 48 and Hunter was 17.
“You’ve made one statement in print,” Oliver asked. “Does that feel like enough to you?”
Hoffman answered, “First of all, it didn’t happen, the way she reported.” He added that the events "didn't reflect him as a person."
That's when Oliver supposedly got pretty visibly annoyed, saying, "It’s that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off. It is reflective of who you were. You’ve given no evidence to show that it didn’t happen. There was a period of time when you were creeping around women. It feels like a cop-out to say, ‘Well, this isn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”
Things escalated from there, with Hoffman angrily saying, “You weren’t there.”
To that, Oliver responded, “I’m glad.”
The argument supposedly lasted for awhile, and Oliver eventually apologized for surprising the audience who had just come to watch Wag The Dog.
But he said:
“I can’t leave certain things unaddressed. That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, ‘Why the f–k didn’t I say something? No one stands up to powerful men.'”
People are really applauding Oliver trying to have such a difficult conversation with Hoffman:
Except the Hoffman fans in the audience, it seems:
Pretty tacky and low class of John Oliver to ambush Dustin Hoffman at a 92Y event. You just know this guy was waiting to ambush Hoffman with sanctimonious finger-pointing. This, on a topic Hoffman explained already. Frisky flirty times on a film set. "You weren't there, John." pic.twitter.com/mY1MfRYNcw— Ronald L. Smith (@smithronaldl) December 5, 2017
But most of us are glad Oliver at least tried to publicly hold someone accountable.