John Oliver tackled the Dustin Hoffman assault rumors during a live Q&A, but not received answers. Here, Oliver presents an award at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 2015
A day after talking about his recent altercation with Dustin Hoffman, seven accusers, who have called out the Oscar-winning actor for sexual assault, thanked John Oliver “for putting himself in danger” in an open letter.
On Wednesday morning, Anna Graham Hunter, a Hoffman attorney, took on Twitter and a short, but comprehensive letter to thank Oliver for the confront of Hoffman claims that the “Rain Man” actor had harassed some women years ago.
Hunter, along with six other Hoffman accusers, praised the HBO host for asking the hard questions, even if “the questions you asked have not led to the constructive conversation that you had hoped for, but the fact that you asked at all is what is most important.”
The letter goes on to say that while women can continue to tell their illness stories, things will change only when people reflect on their behaviour and inspire others to do the same. Five women signed the letter with their names, while two chose to remain anonymous.
On Friday, the “Last Week Tonight” host made an appearance on “Russell Howard’s Hour” where he was asked by the comedian about his recent public fight with Hoffman. During one of the 20th anniversary of the screening and the Q&A of Hoffman’s “Wag the Dog” in the beginning of December, Oliver, asked the actor about the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Thank you @iamjohnoliver for the confrontation with Dustin Hoffman. While the questions you asked have not led to the constructive conversation that you had hoped for, is the fact that you asked is on what is most important. @nykass @corithyme @MelissaKester + 3 others pic.twitter.com/WeenZP5jck
— Anna Graham Hunter (@annaghunter) December 27, 2017
Although Oliver was a shot in the approach of the scandalous rumors surrounding Hoffman, he explained to Howard that he “failed” in getting the answers he wanted.
“It felt inevitable, and that we had a discussion about it,” Oliver said Friday at the British comedy news show. “It was not ideal that it was such a big story because it was about my questions instead of answers. The questions were not particularly striking, but his answers were not great.”
Hoffman denied the allegations during the event.
Oliver also revealed to Howard that he had warned the organisers of the screening, that he, to the statements in the Q&A, but it is still unclear whether the organizers reported Hoffman of Oliver’s intentions.