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He was working on the musical soundtrack for the 1987 comedy adventure film Ishtar, a box-office flop in which he co-starred with Warren Beatty. Hoffman invited her to join him at the Malibu studio.
She was flattered by his offer to help her become a scriptwriter.
In recent days, five women have claimed the Oscar-winning star groped and abused them when they were as young as 15 – adding their voices to previous damning accounts about his behaviour.
Hoffman, 80, has yet personally to respond, although his lawyer has dismissed the allegations as ‘defamatory falsehoods’.
She says he also enjoyed groping her breasts when they posed for photos together, taking his hand away at the last minute, except on one occasion – a photo of which has now been published – when he was too slow and was caught in the act.
Making matters worse, she says, their colleagues on the production were not just turning a blind eye but actively colluding with his behaviour.
Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying.
She was ‘saved’ by the arrival of her mother, who was suspicious about her daughter being alone with Hoffman in his room.She told Variety that Hoffman subsequently was sitting in a recording booth and asked her to join him, when he proceeded to assault her.‘He literally just stuck his fingers down my pants. I just froze in the situation like “Oh my god, what is happening?” ’ Desperate not to react for fear of alerting her boyfriend, she eventually managed to move away.‘He kind of laughed.She initially thought he was ‘method acting’ by recreating their on-stage affair but soon discovered it was ‘the beginning of what was to become a horrific, demoralising and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols’.Miss Rossetter, now 66, claims Hoffman would even grope her off stage between their scenes.
No other Hollywood star has proved quite so brilliant at playing vulnerable, hugely sympathetic characters as Dustin Hoffman.