Comedian John Oliver pretty well nailed it while participating in a panel he was moderating about the 20th anniversary of the film “Wag the Dog” when he asked Hoffman about allegations that he groped a 17-year-old intern on the set.
Hoffman provided an explanation of how to apologize without admitting anything.
“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” Hoffman said last month when the woman stepped forward. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
Oliver called that a cop out and he wasn’t any more patient about Hoffman’s questioning why it took a woman 40 years to come forward.
“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman said. “I never met her; if I met her, it was in concert with other people.”
“Do you believe this stuff you read?” Hoffman asked.
“Yes,” Oliver replied. “Because there’s no point in [an accuser] lying.”
“Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years,” Hoffman said.
“Oh, Dustin,” Oliver said.