Thursday, 20 September, 2018

30-Plus Women Accuse Hollywood Writer of Sexual Harassment

Director James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment By Over 30 Women More than 30 Women Accuse Oscar Nominee James Toback of Sexual Harassment
Andrew Cummings | 24 October, 2017, 00:57

There are some harsh words being bandied about in Hollywood since numerous women accused screenwriter and director James Toback of sexual harassment. According to his accusers, after a spiel about his résumé-Toback allegedly carried articles about himself around to prove he was who he said he was-he would explain that he needed to get to know them better before casting them, and set up a meeting in a more private location.

During his meetings with women, Toback boasted of his sexual endeavours with the famous celebrities and would ask them "humiliating personal questions". "Have you ever seen "Black and White" or "Two Girls and a Guy"?" he said, according to the Times.

Toback told the paper he had never met any of the women - or if he did meet them, it "was for five minutes and (he had) no recollection".

Police in Los Angeles, New York City and London are investigating allegations against Weinstein.

Both women said a recent sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein triggered a flood of memories.

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

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).

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Toback's most well-known film told the story of NY mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and starred Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, but he has also directed stars including Robert Downey Jr and Sienna Miller.

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. Louise Post, the guitarist and vocalist for indie rock band Veruca Salt, said she met Toback in 1987 and went to his apartment.

Following the report in the LA Times, many industry giants have criticised Toback for his alleged behaviour.

"The way he presented it, it was like, 'This is how things are done.' I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends".

"In 2003 James Toback was a 60-year-old man who had made dozens of movies that starred actors like Robert Downey, Jr. and Warren Beatty and I was a 23-year-old woman who wanted to believe I was being discovered", Kamin wrote. "And I deserved not to tell anyone".

"I was shocked and icy and didn't know what to do", said Terri Conn, an actress who was 23 years old when she met in a closed area of Central Park in NY with principal and began rubbing against her leg. Eight of the 12 movies Toback has directed were released after the Spy article; two were released after the Gawker articles.

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