Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dustin Hoffman is hit with bogus 30 year old allegations of sexual misconduct by 3 woman

I've made an editorial decision when reporting on stories that involve allegations of sexual misconduct that supposedly occurred many years ago to label them as "bogus". 
I see no justification to automatically believe  accusers with allegations of more than 20 years old or more ago.  Let the accuser prove her claim!  That's the standard we all go by for the courtroom.  It's called due process.  We need to get back to that.
Variety reports Cori Thomas was in high school when she says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room. Melissa Kester was a recent college graduate when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her while recording audio for the film “Ishtar.” A third woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Hoffman assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized.

Speaking to Variety, the women described predatory incidents involving Hoffman that fit into a pattern of alleged behavior that has emerged in the wake of previous sexual-misconduct claims against the now 80-year-old actor.

 Representatives for Hoffman did not make him available to provide comment for this story. In a letter to Variety’s owner Penske Media Corp., Hoffman’s attorney Mark A. Neubauer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt called the accusations against the actor “defamatory falsehoods.”
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Innocent until proven guilty!  That's the standard of system.   

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