More Than 30 Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

by Olga Hunt October 24, 2017, 0:42
More Than 30 Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Toback, 72, has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct by 38 women in a Los Angeles Times report.

Numerous reports centre on Toback offering to give young actresses a boost in their career in exchange for something sexual, while others are situations where Toback approached them. (That's 38 accusers so far: Glenn Whipp, who reported the story for the Times, tweeted that 15 more women contacted him with further allegations against Toback since the story was published.) Toback directed The Pick-up Artist and Two Girls and a Guy, and was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for Bugsy. He would then proceed to inappropriate sexual behaviour in front of them, the report said.

The Times says it interviewed multiple women about their alleged encounters with Toback over several decades; the Times says most of the women spoke on the record.

The Times stated that Toback denied all of the allegations and he hasn't even met the women in the report. He also repeatedly claimed that for the last 22 years, it had been "biologically impossible" for him to engage in the behavior described by the women interviewed by The Times, saying he had diabetes and a heart condition that required medication. "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends", LaValley added. "You got Toback-ed, '" Karen Sklaire, a NY drama teacher, actor and playwright who said a 1997 meeting with Toback ended with him grinding against her leg, told the Los Angeles Times. I told the women who would come forward I had their back. They include Louise Post, guitarist and vocalist for the band Veruca Salt and Terri Conn from the television soap opera As the World Turns. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years". Starr Rinaldi claimed to the publication that he always wanted her to go to his apartment as a testament to how "serious" she is about her art form.

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A cascade of accounts by women of sexual abuse has flooded social media under the hashtag #MeToo since a similar scandal surrounding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein erupted earlier this month.

"And the awful thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken, You have been violated", added Rinaldi.

"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post said.

These new revelations follow in the wake of the case of Harvey Weinstein, who is rocking Hollywood and pushes many actresses to openly condemn the practice hitherto passed over in silence in the american industry of cinema.


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