Director James Toback at center of his own sexual harassment scandal
24 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Nora May
The Los Angeles Times published a bombshell report on Sunday morning that film director James Toback has allegedly been preying on young actresses for years - and more than 30 women have come forward in the story accusing the Oscar-nominated writer/director of sexual harassment. He essentially goes up to women and says, 'Hey, I'm James Toback, and I'm a famous director, and I feel like there's a connection between us.' Then he shows them some article on himself or some other artifact to prove he is who he is, and tries to get them to go somewhere else with him.
Out of the 38, as many as 31 of the women spoke about it, and detailed various incidents in which Toback allegedly made lewd suggestions, steered conversations into sexually explicit territory, and rubbed against them until he ejaculated into his trousers or on their bodies.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, another high-profile name has been accused of sexual harassment by several women.
Toback, for what it's worth, has denied the allegations of all 38 women (31 of which were wiling to speak on the record in that Times story). He also told the paper that he had a heart condition and diabetes, making the allegations "biologically impossible". He also directed pictures starring Robert Downey Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar after the report. They include Louise Post, guitarist and vocalist for the band Veruca Salt and Terri Conn from the television soap opera As the World Turns.
"It's a common thread among many women I know. after someone mentions they were sexually abused by a creepy writer-director, the response is, 'Oh, no". "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends".
"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post told the Los Angeles Times. And I didn't deserve to talk to anyone, " said the american actress, Adrienne LaValley after an episode dating back to 2008, during which James Toback is rubbed with it before cumming, she testified.
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Toback has denied the allegations against him, saying he never met any of the women for more than five minutes.
"And the disgusting thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken, You have been violated", added Rinaldi.
Toback allegedly approached her in a Kinko's and asked her to dinner.
Toback continued to work in the industry after the article. She needed to remove her clothes.
"It really is not all of Hollywood", Gunn replied. Toback's alleged M.O. was so depressingly monotonous that the magazineran his accusers' stories in a giant four-page foldout table, with column headers like "The Credentials", "Pitching the Project", and "Trust Me".
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