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Hastings chair Hoffman sent to Coventry

Hastings chair Hoffman sent to Coventry

Business
Gary Hoffman, the banker who led the transformation of Northern Rock after its nationalisation, is being lined up as the next chairman of the Coventry Building Society, Britain's second-biggest.Sky News has learnt that Mr Hoffman's appointment by the mutual is awaiting clearance from regulators‎ and could be announced later this month.Assuming the move is approved by watchdogs, it will see one of the UK's most senior financial executives replacing Peter Ayliffe, who has been acting as interim chairman since Ian Pickering died last autumn.Mr Hoffman, who was born in Coventry, has retained strong links to the city, having tried on a previous occasion to lead a takeover of its League Two football club from Sisu Capital, its controversial hedge fund owner.A City source said this weekend that M
Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Entertainment
US actor Dustin Hoffman is facing more claims of sexual misconduct as two women make new allegations.Playwright Cori Thomas claims the now 80-year-old star exposed himself to her when she was 16, dropping his towel in front of her after she had dinner with him and his daughter.She told Variety she came to know Mr Hoffman as a classmate of his daughter, and was invited into a hotel room with him after the three of them had dinner.Ms Thomas explained he had a shower after his daughter left, and came out wearing a towel, which he dropped in front of her, exposing himself.He then put on a dressing gown and asked her to massage his feet.He is accused of repeatedly asking Ms Thomas if she wanted to see him naked again.Variety also spoke to a woman called Melissa Kester, who claims the veteran Ho...