Actress Kathryn Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman on a Broadway production and TV movie adaptation of Death of a Salesman in the 1980s, has come forward with claims that the actor groped her and sexually harassed her in 1985.
Writing in the guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, she recounts in detail a series of deeply distressing encounters that she alleges occured "night after night" during the staging of the production.
One night, Rossetter said she missed her laugh cue because while groping her, Hoffman suddenly grabbed the bottom of her slip and pulled it over her head, exposing her breaks and body to the crew, which Rossetter claims Hoffman told to come backstage at that moment "for a surprise".
Rossetter wrote, that their working relationship began well after Hoffman helped her get the role, her first on Broadway.
"He kept it up and got more and more aggressive". "One night", she says, "he actually started to stick his fingers inside me". "Night after night I went home and cried", Rossetter wrote.
The rep also did not provide a comment to THR, but Hoffman's attorney did put the magazine in touch with other members of the "Death of Salesman" staff, none of whom could confirm Rossetter's allegations. "Given my position, it's insulting to say this kind of activity would go on to the extent of sexual violation".
"Rossetter writes that Hoffman had a reputation for being a jokester", which is how he played off these occurrences. "I was not. Not ever", she added.
In addition to the on set groping, Rossetter said that at the afterparties, Hoffman would put his arm around her during photo ops and quickly grope her breast right before the picture was taken.
Like Graham Hunter, Rossetter said Hoffman asked her for foot massages in his dressing room, but she says he repeatedly pressured her to work her hands up to his groin. Dustin would whisper, "higher, higher", trying to get me to move up his trousers legs toward his genitals. I didn't do it. I would stop at his calves, ' Rossetter said. One time she retaliated; in "a knee-jerk response built up over two years", she said, "I grabbed his crotch". "Along with the nightly sexual harassment, he eroded my confidence, my dignity. He humiliated and demeaned me". The actress ends her essay by writing that Hoffman's alleged actions "left dirty fingerprints on my soul".
Once during a performance in Chicago, "I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs", the start of abuse that happened "almost every show", she said. "I want to see the people who really did something get convicted".
The 80-year-old Hoffman - whose film credits include political drama All the President's Men, acclaimed comedy Tootsie as well as his Oscar winning turns in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man - said he did not remember that episode from more than 30 years ago.