That Time Meryl Streep Said Dustin Hoffman Groped Her When They First Met

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In the wake of a sexual harassment accusation against Dustin Hoffman, another story about the actor’s behavior has resurfaced.

Meryl Streep recalled in a 1979 Time interview resurrected by Slate that the first time she met Hoffman, he touched her breast.

“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin–burp–Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast,” Streep said at the time. They met when she was auditioning for a play that Hoffman had directed years prior. “What an obnoxious pig, I thought.”

The two actors’ relationship continued downhill from there. They didn’t get along on set of “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

“Meryl, why don’t you stop carrying the flag for feminism and just act the scene,” Hoffman said, according to a feature on Streep in Vanity Fair last year, after she suggested a change on set that would further highlight her character’s motivation.

Hoffman was accused of sexual harassment by Anna Graham Hunter last week. She said that he repeatedly harassed her during the 1985 shooting of “Death of a Salesman,” when Graham Hunter was 17 and Hoffman was 47.

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