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Earlier this month, chat show host, John Oliver, confronted veteran actor, Dustin Hoffman, over allegations of sexual harassment which had been levelled at him by young women who had worked alongside him over the course of his career.

The Graduate actor was appearing on a panel for a commemorative screening of 1997 film, Wag the Dog, when John made the decision to address the controversy surrounding the star.

A heated debated ensued when Hoffman defended himself against the allegations, citing his accuser's delay in coming forward as proof of his innocence.

Despite Hoffman's apparent lack of contrition and empathy, the women who have accused him of harassment recently thanked John for raising the issue when many other hosts would have avoided the confrontation.

Taking to Twitter to express their gratitude, Anna Graham Hunter and six other women explained why John's approach should be lauded in an industry which regularly shirks responsibility.

"Thank you @iamjohnoliver for confronting Dustin Hoffman," began the post read which appeared alongside a lengthier statement.

"While the questions you asked may not have led to the constructive conversation you hoped for, the fact that you asked them at all is what matters most."

John has since said he regrets that his line of questioning failed to result in any form of constructive conversation.

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According to numerous reports emerging Stateside, a commemorative screening of 1997 film, Wag the Dog, acted as a catalyst for a very heated debate between veteran actor, Dustin Hoffman, and HBO host, John Oliver.

Hoffman, who was recently accused of sexual harassment by a teen he worked alongside in 1985, was forced to defend himself against the allegations in addition to the statement he issued in the wake of the accusations.

As more and more harrowing stories emerge from within the entertainment industry, John Oliver clearly felt it would be remiss not to address Hoffman's role in the scandal.

Referring to Anna Graham Hunter's accusations against him, John said: "This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air."

Responding to the remark, Hoffman said: "It’s hanging in the air? From a few things you’ve read you’ve made an incredible assumption about me."

Refusing to back down, John took issue with Hoffman's initial response to the allegations, where he claimed they were 'not reflective' of who he is.

"It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” John said. "It is reflective of who you were. You’ve given no evidence to show that it didn’t happen. There was a period of time when you were a creeper around women."

“It feels like a cop-out to say, ‘this isn’t me.’" John argued. "Do you see how this feels like a dismissal?”

Hoffman argued that Anna's decision to wait a considerable amount of time before coming forward points to his innocence, saying: "Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years."

Speaking to the audience in the wake of the exceedingly heated debate, John insisted that he felt compelled to address the issue as a broadcaster.

In not doing so, John would have berated himself, saying: "That leads to me at home later tonight hating myself, asking, "Why the f*** didn't I say something? No one stands up to powerful men.'"

Hoffman is just one in a worrying number of high-profile men who have been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape within the entertainment industry.

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80-year-old actor Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment. 

Former intern on the set of 1985 film Death of a Salesman, Anna Graham Hunter wrote a an exposé in The Hollywood Reporter, alleging that the actor behaved inappropriately towards her. 

Anna was only 17-years-old at the time. 

'He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,' she wrote, describing her alleged ordeal. 

'He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me.'

'One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time.'

 

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'Then he said, ‘I’ll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.’ His entourage burst out laughing.'

'I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried.'

Anna also claims that the actor discussed breasts and female body parts openly and made a number of vulgar remarks. 

In response to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said:

'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.'

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