Streep says Dustin Hoffman 'overstepped' on set of Kramer Vs Kramer

Meryl Streep has spoken out about sexual harassment allegations against her Kramer vs Kramer co-star Dustin Hoffman - 40 years on from starring opposite the actor in the 1979 Oscar-winning film.

Several sexual assault allegations against Hoffman in December prompted the resurfacing of an old interview with Streep telling of a disturbing encounter between the co-stars.

Meryl Streep opens up about sexual harassment in Hollywood.  Photo: AP

Meryl Streep opens up about sexual harassment in Hollywood. Photo: AP

In the 1979 issue of TIME, Streep said the actor, now 80, had grabbed her breast in their first meeting. A representative later stated that Hoffman apologised, and Streep forgave him. However, this wasn't the only incident.

In a new interview with The New York Times about the #MeToo movement and The Post, her new film with Tom Hanks, Streep revealed Hoffman had slapped her in their first scene together.

"That was when we were making Kramer vs Kramer," Streep told the Times. "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 there's a certain amount of forgiveness in that."

Streep explained that she found the experience extremely unsettling.

"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."

In the interview, Streep also discussed the difficulties she encountered as a younger actress in the industry.

"Back in the day, when everybody was doing cocaine, there was a lot of [expletive] behaviour 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," she said.

"I mean, I was really beaten up, but I don't want to ruin somebody's mature life. I just don't."

Discussing the #MeToo movement, she reiterated claims she didn't know Harvey Weinstein "was in any way abusing people" and shunned criticism that she'd been silent on the issue.

"It's great to be asked to step up because you know what, everybody should," she said.

"[But] I don't want to hear about the silence of me. 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. I want her to speak now." ???

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