Entertainment ‘Death of a Salesman’ director defends Hoffman's on-set behavior

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[U. S .A], November 3 (ANI): After a former production assistant accused Dustin Hoffman of sexually harassing her on the set of ' Death of a Salesman ', the director of the telemovie, Volker Schlondorff, has come out defending Hoffman against such allegations.

Volker Schlondorff says Anna Graham Hunter mischaracterized Hoffman ' s behavior , whom he insists was "a kidder" on the set . The director of Death of a Salesman is defending Dustin Hoffman against allegations that he sexually harassed a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV-movie

The director of "Death of a Salesman" is defending Dustin Hoffman after the actor was accused of sexually harassing an intern on set.

Volker Schlondorff, 78, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Anna Graham Hunter — who was 17 when the movie filmed in 1985 — has mischaracterized Hoffman's behavior.

Hunter alleged to THR that Hoffman asked for "a soft-boiled clitoris" for breakfast, grabbed her buttocks and asked female staffers to massage his feet.

"Standard Monday-morning question was, indeed, 'Did you have good sex over the weekend?,'" Schlondorff told THR, pointing out Hoffman was a "kidder" on set. "A joke, a running gag, everybody laughed at."

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Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

After a former production assistant accused Dustin Hoffman of sexually harassing her on the set of Death of a Salesman , the director of the 1985 TV movie has released a statement saying that he has a different memory of Hoffman ’ s behavior during production.

He also said everyone on set would give the "Kramer vs Kramer" star foot massages "now and then."

"Nothing ambiguous about it," he continued.

Producer, director and screenwriter Volker Schloendorff defended Dustin Hoffman amid accusations of sexual harassment in a recent interview. © Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Producer, director and screenwriter Volker Schloendorff defended Dustin Hoffman amid accusations of sexual harassment in a recent interview.

As for the groping claims, Schlondorff says he never witnessed anything.

"He was teasing the young, nervous interns, mostly to make them feel included on the set, treating them as equals to all the senior technicians," the German filmmaker alleged.

Schlondorff also claims to remember Hunter, saying she kept a diary of her time on set by mailing constant letters to her sister.

"She had a self-assured, playful way herself," Schlondorff said to The Hollywood Reporter. "If [Dustin] knew that she would be upset when he was teasing her, he wouldn't have done it."

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her on the set of ' Death of a Salesman ', the director of the telemovie, Volker Schlondorff, has come out defending Hoffman against such allegations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schlondorff released a statement saying that he has a different memory of Hoffman ' s behaviour during the

The director of Death of a Salesman is defending Dustin Hoffman against allegations that he sexually harassed a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV-movie adaptation But Schlondorff says Hunter has mischaracterized Hoffman ' s behavior , whom he insists was "a kidder" on the set .

Hoffman, now 80, issued a statement in the form of an apology after the accusations were made.

"I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation," he said. "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

After Hunter came forward, another woman named Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, a screenwriter and producer of "Genius," described her own sexual harassment experience with Hoffman to Variety.

Riss Gatsiounis claimed that Hoffman had asked her if she had "ever been intimate with a man over 40" during a pitch meeting as he pointed to his body. She also claims he repeatedly asked her to join him at a nearby hotel and then left the room when she declined.

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