Slate reported that in a 1979 interview with TIME Magazine, Streep recalled the first time she ever met Dustin Hoffman.
She was auditioning for a play he had directed a few years earlier. Streep said, “He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin — burp — Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast. ‘What an obnoxious pig,’ I thought.”
Since that story resurfaced, a representative for Meryl Streep responded, saying that the TIME article was not “an accurate rendering of that meeting” and that “there was an offense and it is something for which Dustin apologized. And Meryl accepted that.”
In a new interview with The New York Times, Streep talks about Dustin Hoffman again.
Streep discusses the #MeToo movement and her new film, The Post, in the interview.
When asked about her problems with Dustin Hoffman and the infamous slap in Kramer vs. Kramer, this is what she had to say…
"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."
“But,” she continues, “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.”
"But I think those things are being corrected in this moment. 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."
Streep elaborated on her time as a young woman in the movie industry and the types of experiences she had without getting too specific: “Back in the day, when everybody was doing cocaine, there was a lot of [expletive] behavior that was inexcusable.”
"But now that people are older, and more sober, there has to be forgiveness, and that's the way I feel about it."
“I mean, I was really beaten up, but I don’t want to ruin somebody’s mature life. I just don’t. I do think if the world is going to go on, we have to find out a way to work together, and know that it’s better for men if they respect us deeply as equals.”
Meryl Streep’s choice not to out her other abusers should be respected the same way other women’s choices to expose them should be. But do know that alcohol or other drugs are never an excuse for assault or harassment, and you should feel free as a bird to “ruin” the life of someone who ruined yours. Happy 2018. Let the heads roll.