Women Are Applauding John Oliver After He Asked Dustin Hoffman Some Questions At A Panel Event

Two allegations of sexual harassment have been leveled at Hoffman.

On Monday night, Dustin Hoffman appeared on a panel in New York hosted by the Tribeca Institute, and chaired by John Oliver.

On Monday night, Dustin Hoffman appeared on a panel in New York hosted by the Tribeca Institute, and chaired by John Oliver.

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“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because…it’s hanging in the air,” the HBO show host told Hoffman.

In a tense exchange – which Hoffman was unprepared for – the pair sparred over Hoffman's response to allegations made by Anna Graham Hunter that Hoffman groped her during the filming of the 1985 film, Death of A Salesman.

Hoffman, who returned to the topic unprompted according to a Washington Post reporter who was present, had apologized for his behaviour after the allegations first emerged, but on the panel questioned whether events as described by Hunter Graham took place.

“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman said, according to a Washington Post report. “I never met her; if I met her, it was in concert with other people.”

Hoffman said the allegations were not representative of him as a person, but Oliver responded: “It’s ‘not reflective of who I am.’ It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off.”

The audience watching appeared divided, with many reportedly calling for Oliver to leave the line of questioning and return to discussing the film, while others in the audience seemingly standing up and applauding.

In the hours after the incident, many people on the internet appeared wholly in Oliver’s camp.

In the hours after the incident, many people on the internet appeared wholly in Oliver's camp.

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Some women zeroed in on what was one of the most important parts of the exchange:

Some women zeroed in on what was one of the most important parts of the exchange:

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Although many applauded Oliver, others did question whether he was right to criticize Hoffman so publicly and unexpectedly. And some people just criticized Oliver for bringing it up in the first place.

Although many applauded Oliver, others did question whether he was right to criticize Hoffman so publicly and unexpectedly. And some people just criticized Oliver for bringing it up in the first place.

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Many women – and men – tweeted that whatever the circumstances Oliver’s role should be celebrated.

Many women – and men – tweeted that whatever the circumstances Oliver's role should be celebrated.

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Many noted that accusations aside, it was extraordinary to see such an established figure being asked to account for his actions so publicly.

Many noted that accusations aside, it was extraordinary to see such an established figure being asked to account for his actions so publicly.

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Others added that irrespective of Oliver and Hoffman’s public status, the host was doing what all men needed to be right now:

Others added that irrespective of Oliver and Hoffman's public status, the host was doing what all men needed to be right now:

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BuzzFeed News has contacted representatives for Hoffman and Oliver.

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/usnews.xml

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