Dustin Hoffman apologises after being accused of sexual harassment

Anna Graham Hunter has described a series of alleged incidents on the set of a 1985 film

Dustin Hoffman apologises after being accused of sexual harassment

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Actor Dustin Hoffman has become the latest high-profile Hollywood figure to face allegations of sexual harassment.

Author Anna Graham Hunter has accused The Graduate actor of sexually harassing her when she was 17.

Writing in the Hollywood Reporter, Hunter describes her time on the set of 1985 TV film Death of a Salesman with the veteran Hollywood star.

She alleges: "When I was a senior in high school in New York City, interning as a production assistant on the set of the Death of a Salesman TV film, he asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did.

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

She added: "I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman. Until I didn't."

Responding to the allegations, Hoffman (80) told the publication: "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."

Separately, director Brett Ratner - best known for his work on the Rush Hour franchise and X-Men: The Last Stand - has been accused by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, of sexual harassment or misconduct.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the incidents allegedly took place "in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events".

The 48-year-old director has denied the allegations, with his attorney Martin Singer telling the LA Times: "I have represented Mr Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.

"Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client."

Ratner has made his Twitter account private in the wake of the report.

Following a series of sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein last month, a number of prominent Hollywood figures have been accused of harassment or misconduct - including writer/director James Toback and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey.