Richard Dreyfuss says he behaved inappropriately toward woman in the '80s

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Richard Dreyfuss says he behaved inappropriately toward woman in the '80s

Richard Dreyfuss acknowledged behaving inappropriately toward a woman with whom he worked in the 1980s in a statement he provided to New York.
Writer Jessica Teich claimed in an interview with the publication that when she collaborated with the actor on a TV show, Dreyfuss created "a very hostile work environment where I felt sexualized, objectified, and unsafe."
She also alleged that at one point, Dreyfuss pulled out his penis and, she said, "sort of tried to draw me close to it," before she walked out.
Dreyfuss, who called Teich "a friend of 30 years," "emphatically" denied exposing himself to her, but did express remorse for other ways he acted at the time.
"I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it," he stated. "It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual."
Teich, 58, told the magazine that she decided to tell her story after Dreyfuss, now 70, spoke out in support of his son, Harry Dreyfuss, who has alleged that he was fondled by actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey has not responded to the allegation. The Oscar winner's reaction "bothered" her, she said.
“When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, 'But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months,'” Teich said. “He was in a position of so much power over me, and I didn’t feel I could tell anyone about it. It just seemed so hypocritical.”
  PHOTO: Richard Dreyfuss attends the AFI Life Achievement Award gala at Dolby Theatre, June 8, 2017, in Hollywood, Calif.
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