Almost 40 women report 'perverted, creepy behavior' by Hollywood director James Toback

Director James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment By Over 30 Women

Director James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment By Over 30 Women

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. The newspaper interviewed the women, who detailed similar encounters with the 72-year-old director over the years. He would then proceed to inappropriate sexual behaviour in front of them, the report said. Then, the women say, Toback masturbated or rubbed himself against them to completion. "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 felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends. And I deserved not to tell anyone", actress Adrienne LaValley told The LA Times.

According to his accusers, Toback's strategy followed a similar pattern, him approaching them in NY stores, boasting about his reputation, showing them clippings and articles as proof, then promising to make them "stars" if they became intimate with him.

The director frequently asked aspiring actresses to get naked in order to test, he said, their ease and their potential in front of a camera. "And the frightful thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken". "You have been violated".

The indie rock band Veruca Salt used the hashtag to call out Toback on October 16.

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

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The expose comes just weeks after a articles in The New York Times and the New Yorker alleged that Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, used his position to sexually harass and assault women he encountered through his work, at least since the 1980s.

Weinstein, 65, recently has been seeking help for sex addiction and behavioral issues but has emphatically denied engaging in any non-consensual sexual activity.

As The Associated Press notes: "Though less widely known than Weinstein, Toback has had a successful four-decade career in Hollywood and has a devoted following who have praised him for his originality and outsized, deeply flawed characters".

Contacted by the Los Angeles Times, James Toback has denied these accusations, ensuring never having met these women, or " for five minutes, and without having any memory of it ". The director, who is now 72 years old, claimed it has always been "biologically impossible" for him to do some of the acts described because he's been on medication for diabetes and a heart condition.

McGowan also tweeted about the allegations against Toback, saying: "James Toback damn you for stealing, damn you for traumatizing".

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