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Nearly 40 women accuse film director James Toback of sexual harassment


The Los Angeles Times reports that 38 women have claimed sexual harassment by Toback, who was Oscar-nominated for writing the 1991 film Bugsy, starring Warren Beatty.

According to his accusers, Toback's strategy followed a similar pattern, him approaching them in NY stores, boasting about his reputation, showing them clippings and articles as proof, then promising to make them "stars" if they became intimate with him.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, more than 30 women have accused the director of sexual assault. He would then try to turn the meeting to sexual topics by asking inappropriate questions like, "How often do you masturbate?"

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 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". "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends".

Toback reeled them in with boasts about his movie career and connections and with claims he could make them a star, according to their accounts to the Los Angeles Times. "And I deserved not to tell anyone", actress Adrienne LaValley told The LA Times.


"He always wanted me to read for him in a hotel or come back to his apartment, like, 'How serious are you about your craft?'" Rinaldi said.

"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post said. "He always wanted me to read for him in a hotel or come back to his apartment, like, 'How serious are you about your craft?' And the frightful thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken".

Weinstein, 65, recently has been seeking help for sex addiction and behavioral issues but has emphatically denied engaging in any non-consensual sexual activity.

Weinstein, who is reported to have checked himself into a rehab program in Arizona for sexual addicts, insists all his sexual encounters have been consensual. His opening line, they say, followed the same pattern: "My name's James Toback".

"He said that if he was going to cast me in a film that I would have to be comfortable with that", she said.

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