Seven women who accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct have expressed their gratitude to comedian and talk show host John Oliver for confronting the actor over his alleged behaviour.
"We want to thank you for confronting Dustin Hoffman," the group wrote in a statement which features on the Twitter account of Anna Graham Hunter, one of Hoffman’s accusers.
"While the questions you asked may not have led to the constructive conversation you hoped for, the fact that you asked them all is what matters most.
Thank you @iamjohnoliver for confronting Dustin Hoffman. 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. @nykass @corithyme @MelissaKester + 3 others pic.twitter.com/WeenZP5jck— Anna Graham Hunter (@annaghunter) December 27, 2017
"Many men listen to and believe women when we recount our experiences of sexual harassment and assault. But few men put themselves at risk - socially or professionally - to have uncomfortable conversations with other men. Women can continue to tell our stories, but ultimately, change will depend on men reflecting on their own behavior and challenging other men to do the same."
The message is signed by Hunter, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, Kathryn Rossetter, Melissa Kester, Cori Thomas, and two women who remained anonymous.
Earlier this month, Oliver, who is the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, moderated a panel for Tribeca Film Institute marking the 20th anniversary of Wag the Dog, the movie which starred Hoffman and Robert De Niro.
During the Q&A, Oliver questioned Hoffman over the allegations of sexual misconduct. Hoffman said that he did not recall ever knowing Graham Hunter.
He told Oliver: "If I met her, it was in concert with other people." Oliver dismissed Hoffman's apology, adding that it's "that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off".
A number of other women have since accused Hoffman of sexual harassment or assault.
In the course of a recent Russell Howard Hour interview, John Oliver admitted a sense of dissatisfaction about his interrogation of Hoffman.
"It wasn’t ideal that it became such a big story because then it became about my questions rather than his answers. The questions weren’t particularly remarkable, but his answers were kind of not great."