Over the past few weeks, two women — a producer and a former production assistant — have accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct. Now a third woman, actor Kathryn Rossetter, has written a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter claiming that Hoffman repeatedly harassed and assaulted her while they were co-staring in a Broadway production of Death of a Salesman.
In the article, Rossetter writes that she first encountered Hoffman while auditioning for the part of Willy Loman’s mistress in 1985. Hoffman, she says, was supportive throughout the process, advocating on her behalf to theater executives who did not think she was old enough for the part. But not long after rehearsals began, Hoffman reportedly invited Rossetter to his hotel room and asked her to give him a back massage.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Rossetter writes. “I said we had to be back at rehearsal in 15 minutes. He said, ‘Just a quickie.’ I was a nervous wreck, but sat on the bed and gave a very lame rub.”
The abuse escalated from there, according to Rossetter. She alleges that on many nights, as she waited in the wings for her stage cue, Hoffman would come up behind her and grope her. “I couldn’t speak to him in the moment because I was on a live mic,” Rosetter writes. “He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried.”
Rossetter also says that when she took photos with Hoffman, he would grab her breast just before the photo was taken. She claims the actor was “very skilled at dropping his hand just as the picture snapped to avoid it being recorded,” but once did not remove his hand quickly enough. The Hollywood Reporter has indeed published a photo of Hoffman with his hand on Rossetter’s breast. “Caught as it is, it seems I’m complicit with the gesture,” she writes. “I was not. Not ever.”
Hoffman’s representatives did not comment on the story, but instead The Hollywood Reporter spoke with several people who worked on Death of a Salesman, and who said they never saw any of the incidents mentioned by Rossetter in her account.
Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.