Director James Toback 'accused of sexual harassment by 38 women'

Jessica Allison
October 24, 2017

Although Toback is not a widely recognised name outside of the film community, his writing credits include "Tyson", "The Gambler", and "The Pick-Up Artist".

According to the report, Toback would bring young women into a private space on the pretense of audition talks or a promise of fame. and then proceed to ask intimate questions.

He would then allegedly dry-hump them or masturbate in front of them, ejaculating into his trousers or onto their bodies and then walk away. As with so many other women, Toback told her he felt a connection with her but that she needed to display the sexual confidence the role required. He said that for the last 22 years, it was "biologically impossible" for him to take part in the behavior the women described in the article, saying he had diabetes and a heart condition requiring medication, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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

"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 whore, a disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends. And I deserved not to tell anyone", actress Adrienne LaValley told The LA Times. But eventually, she went to hotel room with Toback, where - despite her reservations - he persuaded her to get undressed, she said. "He always wanted me to read for him in a hotel or come back to his apartment, like, 'How serious are you about your craft?'"

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"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.

Toback told the outlet he doesn't remember meeting any of the women and denied the allegations.

"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.

In an interview with NBC News, Sari Kamin, a journalist who was an aspiring actress in 2003, said she met Toback at a Kinko's in New York City.

Gunn says that he tried to warn people about Toback. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years".

Toback continued to work in the industry after the article. 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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