Almost forty women were accused Monday in the Los Angeles Times, the american director James Toback of sexual harassment and assault, committed over several decades.
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 flawless for the project he was working on. He essentially goes up to women and says, 'Hey, I'm James Toback, and I'm a famous director, and I feel like there's a connection between us.' Then he shows them some article on himself or some other artifact to prove he is who he is, and tries to get them to go somewhere else with him. He would then proceed to inappropriate sexual behaviour in front of them, the report said.
The newspapersays 31 of the 38 women who made accusations against Toback agreed to do so on the record.
Toback denied the allegations, telling the newspaper that he had never met any of these women, or if he had, he didn't recall it because it "was for five minutes". 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.
"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".
And yet somehow, more than three dozen women have now come forward, all with remarkably similar allegations around Toback from different times and places. "And I deserved not to tell anyone". "And the terrible thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken".More news: Knife-wielding man injures 4 people in Germany's Munich
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Journalist Sari Kamin wrote a Medium post last week claiming Toback sexually harassed her in 2003, when she was a 23-year-old aspiring actress.
"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post told the Los Angeles Times.
Writer and director James Toback has become the latest Hollywood figure to be hit with allegations of sexual harassment.
"It really is not all of Hollywood", Gunn replied.
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".
But in meetings framed as interviews or auditions, he allegedly would turn disturbingly personal, with questions veering to masturbation and pubic hair, the Times said.