Meryl Streep is calling out Dustin Hoffman for slapping her during a scene in “Kramer vs. Kramer”.
Last year, an interview from 1979 at the time of the film’s release resurfaced in which Streep said Hoffman had grabbed her breast when they first met. A representative for the actress later clarified that her co-star had apologized and she had forgiven him.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Streep was asked about an infamous scene in which Hoffman allegedly slapped her for real.
“This is tricky because when you’re an actor, you’re in a scene, you have to feel free. I’m sure that I have inadvertently hurt people in physical scenes,” Streep said. “But there’s a certain amount of forgiveness in that.”
“But this was my first movie, and it was my first take in my first movie, and he just slapped me. And you see it in the movie. It was overstepping,” the 68-year-old actress added.
Streep went on to say that she believes things are changing when it comes to that kind of behaviour. “I think those things are being corrected in this moment,” she said. “And they’re not politically corrected; they’re fixed. They will be fixed because people won’t accept it anymore. So that’s a good thing.”
Hoffman has recently faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment by women, dating back to the 1980s.
Speaking more generally about sexual harassment and the Me Too movement, Streep said there are two specific people she would like to hear from on the issue.
“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” Streep said. “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka [Trump]. I want her to speak now.”