Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Women Accuse Hollywood Writer of Sexual Harassment

Women Accuse Hollywood Writer of Sexual Harassment

Thirty-eight women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment, in the wake of similar accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the now-72-year-old Toback often relied on the same method to approach younger women unsolicited in NY, telling them he was a famous director and showing them proof; in one case, Toback opened up his bag and showed a woman a DVD copy of Two Girls and a Guy.

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.

"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 has written or directed more than a dozen films, including "Tyson", "The Pick-Up Artist" and "Bugsy", for which he received an Oscar nomination. 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.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, more than 30 women have accused the director of sexual assault.

Actress Echo Danon told The Los Angeles Times that in the director's trailer on the set of 1999's Black and White, Toback knelt in front of her, put his hands on her thighs, and told her, "If you look into my eyes and pinch my nipples, I'm going to come in my trousers right now". He told me his name was James Toback and that I had "the look" and that he could make me a star.

The paper stated that the director known for his sexy, edgy films approached women everywhere-in New York's Central Park, standing in line at a bank or drug store or at a copy center while they worked on their resumes.

On social media, women across the country have used the hashtag #MeToo to recount instances of alleged sexual misconduct. James Toback was usually to masturbate, to rub his genitals on this young women, and sometimes their cum all over each other. Toback then reportedly told some of the women, often non-actresses, that they would be ideal for his next film.

A 2015 poll by Cosmopolitan found that one in three women between the ages of 18 and 34 had been sexually harassed at work - and 38 percent of those women said that it was a male manager who did the harassing (others reported harassment from co-workers or clients).

The Sun Online has contacted Toback for comment.

She said she told him that she felt uncomfortable and that he responded by saying: "That's the whole point of this exercise".

She said: "I was shocked and frozen and didn't know what to do".

Previous investigations into Toback's sexual harassment of women were reported by Spy magazine in 1989 as well as numerous first-person accounts published on Gawker.

Prior to the Los Angeles Times' report, Toback had a reputation for sexual impropriety. He told the newspaper that he denied the allegations made against him.

According to Adrienne, he presented the proposition as if it meant, "this is how it's done", in the Hollywood industry.

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