Women Accuse Hollywood Director Of Sexual Harassment
24 October, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Carla Brady
The women's stories of their alleged encounters with Toback follow a common outline: Toback would approach a young woman, introduce himself as a film director, and say she was ideal for the project he was working on.
According to numerous women, Toback would approach them on the streets of NY, introduce himself as an Oscar nominee, occasionally pull out magazine articles about himself to prove his identity, and then encourage them to attend an audition for him.
In a long survey in which 31 actresses or aspiring actresses on 38 have agreed to testify with their faces uncovered, the daily californian says James Toback, 72 years old, had the habit of " prowling the streets of Manhattan in search of young attractive women ".
Toback, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for Warren Beatty starrer "Bugsy", denied the accusations, saying he never met any of the women mentioned in the report. He also argued that it would be "biologically impossible" to perform behaviors he is accused of because of diabetes and a coronary condition that has been suffering for 22 years.
Weeks after a wave of sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein began, actresses are still coming forward while male Hollywood powerhouses are attempting to make amends for what they knew. "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends". Toback approached her with a copy of one his movies - "Two Girls and a Guy" - a business card and a pitch and told her "he felt a connection to me and wanted to put me in a film", she said. Weinstein was ultimately fired from his own company after the New York Times revealed he paid off at least eight women, including Rose McGowan.
Thirty-eight women talked to the Los Angeles Times about their experiences with Toback.
"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post told the Los Angeles Times.
When the actress jumped away from him, he ejaculated in his trousers. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years".
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". Over several dinners, he asked her personal questions about her sex life, even though it made her uncomfortable. "I have personally met at least FIFTEEN WOMEN, probably more, who say that he's accosted them in NYC", Gunn wrote in a Facebook post.
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