Hollywood sexual harassment scandal widens with further accusations

Further stars have been accused of sexual harassment as more women and men come forward. The latest accusations affect a major director and a legendary actor.

Hollywood's sexual abuse crisis deepened on Wednesday with further accusations against industry stalwarts.

Brett Ratner, whose directing and producing credits include the Rush Hour trilogy, The Revenant, Prison Break and X-Men: The Last Stand, was accused of sexual misconduct by six women, according to an LA Times report on Wednesday.

Olivia Munn, a lead actress in the Newsroom television series and X-Men: Apocalypse, was among those who came out against Ratner. Munn alleged that Ratner had masturbated in front of her on the set of his 2004 film After the Sunset.

He strenuously denied the accusations.

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Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

The Graduate (1967)

Dustin Hoffman made his film debut in 1967, in the comedy "The Tiger Makes Out." His breakthrough, however, came with his second movie, made that same year. His lead role in the hit comedy-drama "The Graduate," as 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who goes through an unconventional sentimental education, earned him his first Oscar nomination - and turned him into a star.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Hoffman turned down most of the roles he was offered after that initial success, preferring to perform for the theater. To demonstrate that he also could play a sleazy character contrasting with his clean-cut graduate part, he then took on the role of a crippled conman in John Schlesinger's cult classic, "Midnight Cowboy," starring alongside Jon Voight. Both actors were nominated for an Oscar.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Little Big Man (1970)

Turning to another genre, Hoffman starred in a satirical western in 1970. Directed by Arthur Penn, "Little Big Man" is about a white male child who grew up in a Cheyenne Native American community. Hoffman depicted in the movie different phases of the long life of his character, Jack Crabb, from a teenager to a 121-year-old man.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Straw Dogs (1971)

One of Sam Peckinpah's greatest films, the psychological thriller "Straw Dogs," stars Hoffman and Susan George, a couple that moves to an isolated English town to avoid the stress of the Vietnam era in the US. Instead of the peaceful life they were hoping for, they face the locals' vicious harassment. Violence and a long rape scene made the film controversial at the time of its release.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Lenny (1974)

Stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce was renowned for his free-style improvisations that combined his satirical views on politics or religion with whatever vulgarity was on his mind - a unseen style that led him to be arrested. Dustin Hoffman stunningly embodied the restless icon of counter-culture comedy in the biopic "Lenny," and earned his third Oscar nomination.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

All the President's Men (1976)

Less than two years after the Watergate scandal, this film revisits how it was uncovered. "All the President's Men" is the adaptation of the same-title memoirs written by the two journalists who investigated the story for the Washington Post, Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford). It remains one of the most important films on investigative journalism ever made.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Kramer vs. Kramer

In this story about a couple's divorce and its impact on the family's young son, Hoffman's character evolves from a workaholic advertising art director into a protective dad. Without providing easy answers, the film reflected the period's changing views on the role of a father and a mother (depicted by Meryl Streep). Hoffman won his first Oscar with the role.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Tootsie (1982)

This one renewed Hollywood comedy in the 1980s: In Sydney Pollack's "Tootsie," Dustin Hoffman took on the role of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor with whom no one wants to work with. To land a part, he dresses as a woman and eventually becomes a TV sensation. The film poked fun at the way show business worked, while commenting on sexism.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Death of a Salesman (1985)

After starring in a Broadway version of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Hoffman also depicted the aging self-deluded salesman in the TV movie adaptation directed by German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff. Hoffman won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Rain Man (1988)

Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) gets to know his brother, Raymond (Hoffman), when their estranged father dies and they travel together. Hoffman's unforgettable depiction of a an autistic savant with prodigious abilities as a mental calculator earned him his second Academy Award.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Hook (1991)

The younger generation might not remember Hoffman as a charming graduate, but rather as Captain Hook in Steven Spielberg's fantasy adventure film, which also starred Robin Williams as Peter Pan and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell. Though the film received mixed reviews, Hoffman obtained a Golden Globe nomination.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

Wag the Dog (1997)

Released a month before the Lewinsky sex scandal involving Bill Clinton emerged, the black comedy "Wag the Dog" showed how a spin doctor (Robert De Niro) and a Hollywood film producer (Hoffman) constructed a fake war to distract the electorate's attention from a fictional president's advances on an underage girl. The political satire led to a seventh Oscar nomination for Hoffman.

Dustin Hoffman's most memorable roles

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

As he turns 80 on August 8, Hoffman remains professionally active. His incredibly rich filmography includes over 60 roles. The actor is pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017. He starred in one of the competing films, Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama "The Meyerowitz Stories," alongside Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson.

Dustin Hoffman

Meanwhile legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, who starred in Rain Man, Kramer vs. Kramer, and The Graduate, was accused on Wednesday of groping a 17-year-old intern on the set of television movie Death of a Salesman in 1985. Writer Anna Graham Hunter accused him of repeatedly groping her and talking about sex in front of her, making her deeply uncomfortable.

The 80-year-old Hoffman then released a statement apologizing for "anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

Weinstein and Toback 

On Tuesday, Beverly Hills police announced they were launching criminal investigations over complaints received about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Oscar-winning writer-director James Toback. Weinstein is also being investigated by police in Los Angeles, New York and London for sexual assault or rape.

Read more: The Harvey Weinstein effect

More than 50 women have accused Weinstein, an industry giant, of sexual harassment or assault.

Dozens of women, including actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams, accused Toback, who wrote movies such as Tyson, Bugsy and The Gambler, of sexually harassment or assault.

Toback denied the allegations.

Kevin Spacey

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On Tuesday a second actor came forward to accuse actor Kevin Spacey of unwanted sexual advances. Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos wrote on Facebook page that Spacey groped him at the bar of London's Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was artistic director from 2004 to 2015.

Spacey has already publicly apologized to actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged that Spacey climbed on top of him after a party in 1986 when Rapp was just 14, and attempted to seduce him.

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Sexism: Male Perpetrators, Female Victims?

Jeremy Piven

On Monday Emmy-winning "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven was accused of groping reality star Ariane Bellamar on two occasions.

Piven said he "unequivocally" denies the "appalling allegations being peddled about me."

The flood-gate of accusations has led to accusations in other industries.

Head of NPR

The chief of US National Public Radio Michael Oreskes was asked to resign on Wednesday following accusations of sexual harassment in the 1990s, when he was Washington bureau chief at The New York Times.

Two women said he suddenly kissed them when they were discussing job prospects at the Times. Subsequently a woman complained about behavior during his time at the radio station.

Kirt Webster

And Kirt Webster, a major country music publicist who has worked with clients such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr., was accused of sexually assaulting an aspiring country singer.

A former singer named Austin Rice accused Webster of groping his genitals, kissing him, making him strip naked and sexually assaulting him in 2008.

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