- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Meryl Streep has attempted to clarify a groping allegation she made against Dustin Hoffman in a Time magazine interview she gave nearly 40 years ago.

In the 1979 interview, unearthed Monday by Slate, Ms. Streep recalled an unpleasant encounter with Mr. Hoffman when she was auditioning for a play he was directing several years earlier.

“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin — burp — Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast. ‘What an obnoxious pig,’ I thought,” the three-time Oscar-winning actress said at the time.

A representative for Ms. Streep told E! News on Monday that the decades-old article was not an “accurate rendering of that meeting.”

“There was an offense and it is something for which Dustin apologized,” the rep said. “And Meryl accepted that.”

Mr. Hoffman has reportedly never commented on the alleged “offense” against Ms. Streep. Instead, his rep directed E! News to Ms. Streep’s comment she made Monday.

The news comes on the heels of a woman alleging in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter that Mr. Hoffman sexually harassed her when she a 17-year-old production assistant working with the actor, then 47, on the 1985 TV movie adaption of “Death of a Salesman.”

Mr. Hoffman responded to that allegation with an apology.

“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” the 80-year-old actor said. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

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