Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment by over 30 women

Toback wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for 1991's "Bugsy" and directed films like "The Pick-up Artist" and "Harvard Man". Almost 40 women have accused American film director and writer James Toback of sexual harassment in encounters dating back to decade of 80, according to a report published this Sunday by Los Angeles Times newspaper.

He would drop names and titles of movies he'd worked on, according to the newspaper, which adds: "Then, in a hotel room, a movie trailer, a public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual, according to 38 women who, in separate interviews told the Los Angeles Times of similar encounters they had with Toback".

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. Alleged sexual harassment would then occur. 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.

He has made films with prominent actors like James Caan and Robert Downey, Jr. 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, you got Tobacked".

"It's important to say, I don't have any firsthand information about any of this", wrote "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn in a post on Facebook.

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"The way he presented it, it was like, 'This is how things are done, '" actress Adrienne LaValley said. I told the women who would come forward I had their back. "And the disgusting thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken". "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years".

The women Toback targeted ranged from aspiring actresses, women in the industry to people on the streets.

Toback denied the allegations, telling the Times he had never met the women or if he did it "was for five minutes and have no recollection". "That's the whole point of this exercise", she says Toback told her. When asked, "paralyzed", if she was trying to stimulate herself sexually, director replied that "Of course" and young girl ran away.

"Toback took me to a hotel and paid $600 in cash at the front desk", she continued.

Toback's alleged sexual behavior was far from secret.


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