In recent days, five women have claimed the Oscar-winning star groped and abused them when they were as young as 15 – adding their voices to previous damning accounts about his behaviour. ‘He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,’ she told Variety. As she complied, Hoffman even rang another woman and boasted to her that ‘I’ve got a pretty girl massaging my feet’.
She was ‘saved’ by the arrival of her mother, who was suspicious about her daughter being alone with Hoffman in his room.
When she knocked on his hotel room door, he answered shirtless. The most detailed account of Hoffman’s alleged sexual misconduct comes from actress Kathryn Rossetter.
After chatting briefly about things such as the fact her father was a doctor, she told him she wanted to go home. You don’t think you’re getting out of here without having sex, do you? ‘He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,’ she told Variety. She says she caught his eye when she was an inexperienced young actress auditioning for a part in a 1983 Broadway revival of the Arthur Miller play Death Of A Salesman.
Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying.
I thought, “Oh my God.” I felt like I’d been raped.’She says the star called her repeatedly after the incident until she told him to leave her alone.
He was working on the musical soundtrack for the 1987 comedy adventure film Ishtar, a box-office flop in which he co-starred with Warren Beatty. Hoffman invited her to join him at the Malibu studio.
She was flattered by his offer to help her become a scriptwriter.
However, she says a campaign of relentless sexual harassment started three days into rehearsals when he asked her to stop at his hotel room after lunch together.
Why he needed a hotel room when he lived only a mile from the theatre quickly became clear, she said, as he pulled off his shirt and requested a back rub on his bed.
She initially thought he was ‘method acting’ by recreating their on-stage affair but soon discovered it was ‘the beginning of what was to become a horrific, demoralising and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols’.