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"Oh, Dustin." John Oliver ravages Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment claims.

Throughout this Harvey Weinstein-era reckoning, we’ve seen all kinds of responses from men accused of sexual misconduct, from apologies to denials and everything in between.

This week actor Dustin Hoffman gave perhaps the most cringe-worthy, defiant and cliched response we’ve seen so far when he was pressed by late show host John Oliver during a Q&A at an anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog.

Last month LA writer Anna Graham Hunter accused Hoffman of groping her and making inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of 1985’s Death of a Salesman.

Listen: Mia and Amelia praised John Oliver for his attitude. (Post continues.)

In response, Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

Oliver, like so many of us, drew ire from the sorry-if-I-offended-you style statement and chose to take the opportunity to question the 80-year-old on it.

And he did not hold back.

“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” Oliver said after Hoffman emphasised the implied “if” in his original statement.

“Because it is reflective of who you were. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say ‘It wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”

Hoffman responded by saying it was “difficult to answer that question” and attempting to explain the climate of the set, saying questions like “did you have sex on Friday?” were thrown around all the time.

John Oliver was not about to let Dustin Hoffman off lightly.(Image via Getty.)
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"I said a stupid thing, but I said it in the midst of the crew, they said their stupid things, but they were sexual in terms of the humour of it. But that's that team. That's 40 years ago."

Not happy with that response either, Oliver said simply contextualising the situation did not feel not self-reflective enough. Wishing to put the emphasis back on the alleged victim, the Last Week Tonight host said he'd read a note from Graham Hunter's diary.

In it, she posed that people were not all-good or all-bad, saying Hoffman was a "pig, but I like him a lot".

And that's when Hoffman said something that made Oliver literally face-palm.

"Do you believe this stuff that you're reading?" Hoffman inquired.

"I believe what she wrote, yes," Oliver responded.

"Why?"

"Because there's no point in her lying."

"Well, there is a point in her not bringing this up for 40 years."

"Oh, Dustin," Oliver sighed as he put his hands to his face.

As in, "Oh, Dustin, how can you give us the most cliched, outdated argument from sexual-harassment deniers, like it's not 2017?"

Listen to the full episode of Tell Me It's Going To Be OK. Post continues after audio. 

The conversation, which Oliver said was appropriate as the film in question dealt with sexual misconduct by a powerful man, remained heated.

At one point Hoffman also offered up his role in Tootsie - where he plays an actor who dresses as a woman to get parts - as evidence of his "incredible respect for women".

"I would not have made that movie if I didn’t have an incredible respect for women," Hoffman said.

"The theme of the movie is he became a better man by having been a woman."

Hoffman then, seemingly obliviously, proved just how far he missed the point by.

"I said when I came home to my wife that I never realised men were that were brutal, that men are that obvious.

"They didn’t find me attractive and they just erased me."

The conversation continued, but let's leave it at that, shall we?

Have you watched the full interview? Are you as flabbergasted as us?

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