The american director James Toback accused of harassment by 38 women

The american director James Toback accused of harassment by 38 women

The american director James Toback accused of harassment by 38 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.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 72-year-old director sexually harassed women he hired, women looking for work and women he just saw on the street.

Titled "The Pickup Artist's Guide to Picking Up Women: A Case-by-Case Look at Movie Director James Toback's Street Technique", it outlined stories of more than a dozen women who alleged Toback tried to pick them up, including the writer of the piece, Vincenza Demetz. But the encounters would quickly turn sexual as the director asks the women inappropriate questions such as, "How often do you masturbate?" the report stated.

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 ".

He said it was "biologically impossible" for him to engage in the behaviour described in the report, and claimed that he had diabetes and a heart condition that required medication. Louise Post, the guitarist and vocalist for indie rock band Veruca Salt, said she met Toback in 1987 and went to his apartment. "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends".

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

"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". 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.

"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. Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" all allegations of rape. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past 30 years, that I allowed myself to be so gullible", Post told the Times.

Actor/comedian/radio host John Fugelsang tweeted "I had no idea James Toback objectified women until I watched like any of his movies from the past 20 years". "Today, I cried for the first time since then about it", she told the Times. That same libidinous request is repeated in accounts of or alleged victims.

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