Four more women have come forward with stories of sexual misconduct by Dustin Hoffman, including a woman who said that he exposed himself to her decades ago when she was 16 years old.
Cori Thomas, the daughter of a former Liberian ambassador to the U.N., told Variety that she was visiting Hoffman’s daughter Karina, who was a high school friend, when the famous actor suggested that they wait for Thomas’ mother at his hotel rather than at a restaurant as planned. Thomas said that Hoffman, who was living in the hotel as he went through a separation with his wife, then sent his daughter home to her mother while Thomas stayed and waited for her mom.
“I was just sitting there waiting for my parents,” Thomas said. “He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” Thomas said. “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.”
After Hoffman finally put on a robe, he asked Thomas to massage his feet.
“I didn’t know what to do in the circumstance,” she recalled. “I didn’t know that I could say no, so I did it. And he kept telling me, ‘I’m naked. Do you want to see?’”
Thankfully, the hotel phone rang to announce that Thomas’ mother was downstairs before anything worse could happen. Thomas said that her mother seemed to sense that something had happened to her, but that she never told her about what transpired until recently because of her feelings of shame and humiliation.
Melissa Kester also told Variety that Hoffman forcibly stuck his fingers inside of her when she was a recent college grad working on the 1987 film Ishtar. She said that he was in the recording booth to help him with a take when he assaulted her, taking advantage of the fact that the audio techs could only see them from the waist up. A third woman told Variety that Hoffman forced his fingers inside her while she was crammed next to him in a packed station wagon the night of the wrap party for Ishtar.
A woman identified as Pauline also told The Hollywood Reporter that she was just 15 when Hoffman, who had previously taken her and her sister to a screening of the movie Alfredo, Alfredo, invited her to his home in 1973 to see his daughter’s new puppy. Once they reached the apartment, she said, there was no puppy to be found. Instead, Hoffman unzipped his pants and masturbated in front of her, before hailing her a cab to go home when he was finished, she recalled. Hoffman, who is now 80, has not responded to the latest accusations.