Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Playwright Alleges Misconduct by Hoffman When She Was 16

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Playwright Alleges Misconduct by Hoffman When She Was 16

Article excerpt

ROME * A playwright who says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her and had her massage his feet in a hotel room when she was 16 said Friday that she spent years in guilty silence and took pains to not dress suggestively in professional contexts because she assumed the incident was her fault.

Playwright Cori Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman's daughter in 1980 when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his New York hotel room to wait for her mother after dinner with the teenagers. After his daughter left, Hoffman went to take a shower, Thomas said in an interview with the Associated Press.

"I was just sitting there waiting for my parents. He came out of the bathroom and had a towel around him and that was the first, 'Hmm, that is kind of weird,'" Thomas, now 53, said. "And then he dropped the towel, and I think I just like . ... I had never seen a naked man. I had never kissed a man."

Entertainment trade outlet Variety first reported Thomas' account in a story published Thursday that included the allegation by another woman, Melissa Kester, that Hoffman pushed his hand down her pants in a recording studio while working on the 1987 movie "Ishtar."

The publicist and attorney for the 80-year-old Oscar winner did not return email messages seeking comment Thursday.

Actress Anna Graham Hunter also has alleged that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie "Death of a Salesman."

Hoffman said in an earlier statement that the incident "is not reflective of who I am."

'EEWWW, YUCK'

During an interview with the AP in Rome, where she had attended an event for Italian and American playwrights, Thomas described her shock and confusion in the hotel room with "a pretty huge star" who she thought of at the moment "as my friend's dad."

She said that after dropping his towel, Hoffman put on a robe and asked her to massage his feet.

"I didn't know what to do. I acted my age. I was 16. I thought, 'Eewww, yuck,'" Thomas said. …

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