More than 30 Women Accuse Oscar Nominee James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Danny Woods
October 23, 2017

More than 30 women have come forward to accuse Hollywood director James Toback of sexual harassment.

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.

According to the LA Times, some ladies claimed he would dry-hump them or masturbate in front of them, ejaculating onto his trousers or onto their bodies - and then just walk away.

"After someone mentions they were sexually abused by a creepy writer-director, the response is, 'Oh, no".

He also wrote and directed the Harvey Keitel film Fingers, the loosely autobiographical The Pick-up Artist, which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald, Two Girls and a Guy, also with Downey Jr. and Heather Graham, Harvard Man, with Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the Mike Tyson documentary Tyson. It seemed like he was more current than I had thought, with a movie at the Venice Film Festival starring Sienna Miller. 31 of Toback's 38 accusers spoke to the Times on the record, including a high school student, aspiring actresses who quit the business after meeting Toback, a "well-known actress" who requested anonymity because she feared retaliation years later, and Louise Post of indie rock band Veruca Salt.

Toback denied the allegations, telling the Los Angeles Times that he never met or has "no recollection" of meeting the women. "And the disgusting thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken".

Toback is known for his wild movie sex scenes as in his flick When Will I Be Loved, where actress Neve Campbell's character masturbates with a shower nozzle.

Among the women on record with The Times: Louise Post, guitarist and singer for rock band Veruca Salt; Starr Rinaldi, an aspiring actress approached by Toback 15 years ago in Central Park; and NY drama teacher, actor and playwright Karen Sklaire. I don't want to be attacking every Hollywood douchebag who hits on countless women.

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Almost 40 women have accused director James Toback of sexual harassment. Toback then reportedly told some of the women, often non-actresses, that they would be flawless for his next film. If they didn't recognize him, he would name-drop the movies that he'd worked on and their stars.

"Everyone wants to work, so they put up with it", actress Echo Dannon said. The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed the contract after O'Reilly reached a $32 million settlement. Danon demurred and she said claimed he eventually gave up on his lewd plan.

The allegations against Toback were, like those against Weinstein, an open secret within the industry, and Toback's sexual proclivities were even the subject of articles in the now-defunct Spy Magazine and Gawker.

Though Gunn says he didn't witness any of the incidents, "I've heard them again and again from some of the people I trust most in the world, I know the chances of them being untrue ... well, it would just be impossible", he writes.

It's far from the first time news has broken about James Toback allegedly harassing women.

But the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has inspired women to come forward once more.

The way he presented it, it was like, "This is how things are done".

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