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Dustin Hoffman vs. John Oliver: The Reported Real Estate Scandals

A 43-year-old boarding school teacher was found dead in a hot tub on the Roxbury, Connecticut, estate of 49-year-old actor Dustin Hoffman. The death was declared accidental by drowning and the victim was a friend of Hoffman's caretaker. Hoffman was ...

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John Oliver put Dustin Hoffman in the hot seat over sexual harassment allegations (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImagePin this imageFacebook Share this imageJohn Oliver put Dustin Hoffman in the hot seat over sexual harassment allegations (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImagePin this imageFacebook Share this imageJohn Oliver refused to let allegations of sexual harassment against Dustin Hoffman fly under the radar at a seemingly innocent anniversary screening of Wag the Dog on Monday at the 92nd Street Y, held on behalf of the Tribeca Film InstituteThe panel also included producer Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and director Barry LevinsonOliver, who was moderating the event, spent nearly half of the time grilling Hoffman on accusations he had groped and harassed an intern on the set of 1985's Death of a Salesman"I can't leave certain things unaddressed," Oliver insisted, despite Rosenthal, De Niro, and audience members trying to change the subject, while other attendees cheered Oliver onHoffman argued back with the Last Week Tonight host, defending himselfBut while a handful of questionable real estate situations separately involving the two men may be of little importance compared to sexual assault and harassment allegations, we still raised an eyebrow when we heard about some of these dubious property situations.Marc PiaseckiPin this imageFacebook Share this imageDUSTIN HOFFMAN1986A 43-year-old boarding school teacher was found dead in a hot tub on the Roxbury, Connecticut, estate of 49-year-old actor Dustin HoffmanThe death was declared accidental by drowning and the victim was a friend of Hoffman's caretakerHoffman was reportedly not home at the time, but tabloids still had a field day.2012Hoffman, who is one of the 114 homeowners on Malibu's exclusive Broad Beach where the average house price was estimated at $7.8 million in 2012, has joined up with his neighbors like Steven Spielberg, Michael Ovitz, and Ray Romano to help stop erosion of the beach's sandThe erosion is apparently washing away the area's dunes, threatening the multi-million-dollar houses, and perhaps requiring the installation of a not-so-attractive seawallResidents' original $20 million proposal called for bringing in 600,000 cubic yards of sand from the bottom of the oceanBut some environmentalists, scientists, and government officials have been going head-to-head with the celebrities and other Broad Beach residents about their goals to re-sculpt the Malibu beach to look like it once did years ago, as it would reportedly tamper with the ecosystem.2017Perhaps it's surprising to hear that Dustin Hoffman, a staunch political liberal and longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, did business with Manafort—or his former son-in-law, at leastIn March, it was reported that Hoffman and his son, Jacob, were embroiled in legal proceedings with developer Jeffrey Yohai, the former son-in-law of controversial Republican strategist Paul ManafortThe trio planned to build a contemporary mansion on a Hollywood Hills homesite (the Hoffmans invested $3 million into the project in 2015)But the house was never built, and a Yohai-controlled company (which owned the property) filed for bankruptcy protectionThe Hoffmans petitioned a U.SBankruptcy Court judge to convert the Chapter 11 case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, essentially meaning when the home does sell, there is a possibility for the Hoffmans to recover their investment.VS.Jim SpellmanPin this imageFacebook Share this imageJOHN OLIVER2017The Last Week Tonight host may only have one real estate debacle that's public knowledge, but some may argue that Oliver's lone incident is equivalent to the sum of all of Hoffman'sIn 2015, it was reported that a luxury Upper West Side apartment, previously owned by Andre Crawford-Brunt of Deutsche Bank, was purchased by a shielded limited liability company called Hoagie's PlaceBut in 2017 it was revealed that Oliver reportedly used a tax loophole that was enabled by Donald Trump in 1980—despite the late-night show host's criticism of tax loopholes on his own showAccording to a report from The Observer, Oliver hired famous New York law firm Proskauer Rose LLP to set up two revocable trusts (one for him, called JO, and one for his wife, Kate Norley Oliver, called KNO) with his lawyer Jay Waxenberg as the trustee, then used the "421-a" tax dodge made famous by Trump when he was a less-famous real estate developer (Trump, frustrated he couldn't get a tax break for his development of Trump Tower, sued New York City and essentially altered the way the 421-a exemption can be used; in 1980 he received a $50 million tax break after his lawsuit)The firm Oliver hired specializes in, unsurprisingly, helping the rich find tax breaks and buy real estateThe alleged trusts were used to create a shell company called (you guessed it) Hoagie's Place LLC, according to The ObserverFans of Oliver's late-night show may recognize the reference: It's a nod to the couple's beloved dog(Oliver has yet to comment on the reported controversy, which was released in May).Pin this storyFacebook Share this storyTweet this storyEmailLinkedInRelated Stories, collapsedRelated StoriesMore on ADBefore + AfterBefore + After: Stunning Dining Room MakeoversCelebrity LifestyleMatt Lauer Wasn't the Only One with a Button Under His Desk at NBCWEB-EXCLUSIVE HOME TOURTour a Stately Georgian Townhouse in London Remade into an Architectural MarvelTravelThe Top 18 New Hotels in 2018ArchitectureThis Modern Home Just Won a Major International AwardDecorating + Renovation25 Stunning Home Libraries That Are a Book Lover’s DreamCelebrity StyleGisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's House in Los AngelesCelebrity HomesKris Jenner Just Bought the $10 Million Home Across from Kim Kardashian West's Former HouseCelebrity Lifestyle7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New HomeDecoratingStylish Children's Bedrooms, Nurseries, and Play RoomsSee More StoriesConnect with ADAbout ADContact the EditorsNewsletter Sign UpAD360Accessibility HelpAD WorldwideChinaFranceGermanyRussiaSpainMexicoLatin AmericaSubscriptionsSubscribeCustomer ServiceRenew SubscriptionGive a GiftChange AddressInternational SubscriptionsPress CenterContact AdvertisingPress CenterCondé NastOur Magazine SitesAllureArs TechnicaBackchannelBon AppétitBridesCondé Nast TravelerEpicuriousGlamourGolf DigestGolf WorldGQGQ StylePitchforkSelfStyleTeen VogueThe New YorkerThe SceneVanity FairVogueWWiredCondé Nast StoreCondéNast.comCondé Nast CareersSite MapFOLLOW USFollow Us On FacebookFollow Us On TwitterFollow Us On PinterestFollow Us On InstagramCond\é Nast

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