Shortly after it occurred, she told a friend that Hoffman had groped her and made a pass at her, but not the details of the unwanted sexual contact. Hoffman, Kester said, called her repeatedly after the incident.
” Hoffman invited her to eat lunch in his dressing room, which she did. Hoffman had a driver operating a station wagon that quickly filled with other people from the set. “And he just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me. She hailed a cab and asked the driver to “drive around” for a few minutes, then asked him to take her to the San Remo.They also visited the San Remo on Central Park West, where Hoffman, in the midst of a divorce from his first wife, Anne Byrne, was buying an apartment. He took his time.” Hoffman eventually put on a robe and sat on the bed, according to Thomas, who said that he then asked her to massage his feet. “I didn’t know what to do in the circumstance,” she said. “So I left.” She did not tell her mother about the story until decades later. My mother always had some instinct that something untoward had happened.Hoffman showed Thomas and Karina the apartment, which was being renovated while Hoffman stayed at a hotel near the house that he and Byrne had shared. She kept asking me, and I was so mortified, I never said anything.” Speaking to , Thomas’ mother recalled arriving at the restaurant, receiving the note, then picking her daughter up at the hotel.“He was in the recording booth, and he was like, ‘Send Melissa in here. Send Melissa in here,’” said Kester, who characterized the atmosphere as joking. “He may have been being flirtatious, but it wasn’t to the point of being obscene, because my boyfriend’s there,” Kester said. I’m standing there, and it’s kind of a small room, and he grabs me, so we’re both facing out so we’re both facing the people in the studio. ’ It’s shocking when that happens to you.” Kester said that she made an effort not to react for fear that her boyfriend or the other man in the control room would know what was happening. “Then I just ran out of there, and I sat in the bathroom crying.I’m thinking that it’s kind of flirtatious and funny, like he’s holding onto me, because I’m going to help him sing better. She estimated that Hoffman kept his fingers inside her for 15-20 seconds, until he finished the take. I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I felt like I’d been raped. I didn’t know he would do that.” Kester left the studio and never told her boyfriend, with whom she shared a long-term relationship for several years, about the alleged incident.“The third time he called, that’s when I felt a rush of fear,” said Kester, who worried that Hoffman might begin stalking her. Please don’t call me.’” She did not hear from him again.