LOS ANGELES – A second woman has accused American actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment, entertainment magazine Variety reported on Wednesday.
Wendy Riss Gatsiounis narrated an incident that allegedly involved the actor and occurred in 1991 when she was a struggling playwright.
The actor, through a spokesperson, said he did not remember the incident or behavior described by her.
According to Riss Gatsiounis, in a meeting about the possible film adaptation of one of her works, Hoffman asked her, “Before you start, let me ask you one question, Wendy – have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?”
“I’ll never forget – he moves back, he opens his arms, and he says, ‘It would be a whole new body to explore,’” she said.
Later, the actor told her he had to buy clothes at a nearby hotel and invited her to accompany him, but Riss Gatsiounis refused repeatedly and Hoffman left the meeting.
Riss Gatsiounis has since worked as a TV writer and is currently a co-executive producer on “Genius.”
Hours before Riss Gatsiounis’ allegations, writer Anna Graham Hunter said she was sexually assaulted by Hoffman at the age of 17 in 1985, when she was working as an intern.
In a statement, Hoffman responded to Hunter’s complaint and said he regretted the episode.
The allegations come at a time of turmoil for the US film and television industry, after the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers.
Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of alleged abusive sexual behavior and rape. He denies any allegation of non-consensual sex.