Three women have come forward to accuse actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including one who said he exposed himself to her when she was in high school, Variety reports.
Cori Thomas said in 1980, she spent an afternoon with Hoffman and his daughter, her classmate Karina, in New York City. Instead of picking her up at a restaurant, Hoffman changed the plans and told the restaurant to tell Thomas' parents to pick her up at his hotel room. Karina left and Hoffman decided to take a shower, coming out in a towel and then dropping it. "It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man," Thomas, who was 16 at the time, said. "I was mortified." Thomas said he asked her to massage his feet, which she did because she "didn't know that I could say no," and he made suggestive comments, which she ignored.
Two other women told Variety Hoffman sexually assaulted them while filming 1987's Ishtar. Melissa Kester said her boyfriend at the time was working on the movie's music, and brought her to the recording studio several times. During one visit, Hoffman called her into the recording booth, Kester said, and he "just stuck his fingers down my pants. He put his fingers inside me. I didn't know what to do." Variety also spoke to a woman who was an extra in Ishtar, who shared a similar story. While shooting in New York City, Hoffman offered her a ride home with several other people, the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. In the back of the station wagon, Hoffman "just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me," she said. "I didn't know what to do." He asked her to go to his hotel room, and there, they had intercourse.
The woman told Variety she considered the station wagon incident non-consensual, and when asked if the hotel encounter was, she said, "I don't know." Hoffman's attorney, Mark A. Neubauer, called the accusations "defamatory falsehoods." Earlier this year, Anna Graham Hunter accused Hoffman of groping her in 1985, while she was a teenager. Catherine Garcia
After NBC News announced Wednesday morning it fired Today host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior" toward a colleague, two more women have made complaints to the network related to Lauer, a person with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times.
One of those women, a former employee, spoke to the Times but asked that her name not be used. She said in 2001, Lauer asked her to come into his office, and he had sex with her. The woman said she was afraid she might lose her job, and because she felt ashamed about what happened, she didn't tell the company.
After Lauer's firing was announced, Variety published a report with several accounts of Lauer making women he worked with uncomfortable and upset, including giving one colleague a sex toy with a note "about how he wanted to use it on her." The report also included the disturbing detail that in Lauer's office, he had a button under his desk "that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up," making it easier for him to "initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him." Catherine Garcia
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, Team USA's doctor.
Douglas, 21, said she didn't tell anyone about the abuse because "for years we were conditioned to stay silent, and honestly, some things were extremely painful. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."
Her former teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney have both said they were abused by Nassar, 54, who served as the national team doctor for more than 20 years. He is accused of molesting several girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, and will plead guilty to multiple charges of assault, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press Tuesday. Catherine Garcia
Veteran journalist Charlie Rose was suspended by CBS News on Monday evening after eight women accused him of sexual harassment.
Rose is a co-host of CBS This Morning and a 60 Minutes contributor, and PBS also immediately stopped production of his interview program, Charlie Rose. Speaking to The Washington Post, the women accused Rose, 75, of groping them, walking around nude in front of them, and making inappropriate comments, telling one woman he wanted her to swim naked in a pool while he watched from afar. The women said the harassment took place from the late 1990s to 2011, when they were either working at the Charlie Rose show or trying to gain employment there. In a statement to the Post, Rose apologized and said he was "deeply embarrassed." Catherine Garcia
President Trump accused Iran of being responsible for the missile attack intercepted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. "A shot was just taken by Iran, in my opinion, at Saudi Arabia. And our system knocked it down," he said, boasting of military technology Saudi Arabia bought from the U.S. "That's how good we are," Trump added. "Nobody makes what we make, and now we're selling it all over the world."
Iran categorically rejected Trump's account of the incident on Sunday. "Trump has said many baseless things and told many lies and frequently falsely accused Iran, and this one of those slanders," said Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. "We do not have even the possibility to transfer missiles to Yemen. The missiles belong to them and they have increased their range," he added.
Saturday's attempted attack has been claimed by Yemeni Houthi rebels, and like Iran, the Houthis are Shiite. The U.S.-facilitated, Saudi-led Sunni coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war against the Houthis has long accused Iran of funneling weapons into the proxy conflict. Iran denies these allegations, too. Bonnie Kristian
CBS on Tuesday said it is "looking into" allegations of sexual harassment made against actor Jeremy Piven, star of the network's new drama Wisdom of the Crowd.
On Twitter Monday, actress Ariane Bellamar claimed that while on the set of Entourage and again at the Playboy Mansion, Piven "cornered" and groped her. Bellamar did not say if the alleged incident took place during shooting of the Entourage series or 2015 movie. In a statement, HBO said this was "the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar's allegations concerning Jeremy Piven. Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously." Piven has not yet responded to the allegations.
UPDATE: Piven released a statement Tuesday night saying he "unequivocally" denied "the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn't happen do not detract from stories that should be heard." Catherine Garcia
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, actor Anthony Rapp said that when he was 14 years old, Kevin Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance toward him when they were alone in Spacey's home.
It was 1986, and both actors were starring in Broadway plays — Rapp in Precious Sons, Spacey in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Rapp said he was invited to a party at Spacey's home, but once he arrived, he was bored and went to watch TV in another room; he didn't realize everyone left, and Spacey, appearing to be drunk, entered the room, picked him up, put him on the bed, and climbed on top of him. Rapp told BuzzFeed News he squirmed away and left. Rapp said he never spoke to Spacey again, but over the years he told some friends and relatives about what happened, and he shared his story with The Advocate in 2001, although Spacey's name was not published.
Rapp is gay, and has been out publicly since 1992; Spacey's sexual orientation has been subject to speculation, but he says his personal life is private and won't comment on it. Rapp told BuzzFeed News he used to want to "scream to the rooftops, 'This guy is a fraud!'" He said he's talking about this now because of the new sex assault allegations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. "Part of what allowed the Harvey situation to occur was that there was this witting and unwitting conspiracy of silence," Rapp said. "The only way these things can continue is if there's no attention being paid to it, if it's getting forgotten." Spacey's representatives did not respond to BuzzFeed's requests for comment. Catherine Garcia
CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota revealed on Sunday that during her time at Fox News, she was sexually harassed by the network's former chairman, Roger Ailes.
Camerota spent more than a decade at Fox News, and on CNN's Reliable Sources, she said Ailes' behavior is one of the reasons she jumped ship to CNN in 2014. Ailes was ousted from the network last July after several women, including former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, accused him of sexual harassment; last week, the network parted ways with Bill O'Reilly after he was also accused of sexual harassment and verbal abuse by numerous women.
Camerota said Ailes suggested to her that if she wanted to have more opportunities at the network, they should meet at a hotel. "I had sort of an out-of-body experience, hovering over us in the office and thinking: 'Is this it? Is this the end of my time here? Will I be fired if I don't do this?'" she said. "I knew in my head, at that moment, I'm never going to that hotel under any circumstances, but I didn't know what that meant for me and for my career."
Camerota said that after she rebuffed his advances, Ailes tried a new tactic, "sort of emotional harassment." He scoffed at her for not "sharing his worldview," she explained, and not being conservative enough. "Sometimes, he would lecture me," Camerota said. "Sometimes, he would insult me." Ailes' attorney, Susan Estrich, told CNN that Camerota's allegations were "unsubstantiated," and her client "vigorously denies this fictional account of her interactions with him and of Fox News editorial policy." Catherine Garcia