Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment by over 30 women

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In a Facebook post, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said he'd been "warning people" about Toback for over 20 years.

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Terri Conn said she was 23 when Toback approached on the street in NY and asked her to meet him in Central Park. A massive report in the Los Angeles Times today says that 38 women have come forward to accuse veteran director James Toback of sexual harassment.

Toback denied the allegations to the Times, saying he had either never met his accusers or did so only briefly. He added, according to the Times, that the women's allegations were "biologically impossible" due to medical conditions, such as diabetes and a heart condition that required medication.

According to the LA Times, he lured women to auditions and meetings by offering professional opportunities.

You may not know James Toback, but you may or may not be familiar with some of his films: he directed Tyson, the hagiographical documentary about Mike Tyson, as well as a series of early vehicles for Robert Downey Jr, like Two Girls and a Guy and The Pick-Up Artist. It seemed like he was more current than I had thought, with a movie at the Venice Film Festival starring Sienna Miller.

In recent weeks the Hollywood mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 40 women, including multiple allegations of assault.

The allegations against Weinstein sparked the Twitter hashtag #metoo, in which women have shared personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse.

Rumors about Toback started surfacing in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, with actress Selma Blair retweeting on October 12 an article in the Huffington Post titled "James Toback Gets Us, He Truly Gets Us in "The Private Life of a Modern Woman".


She said: "I was shocked and frozen and didn't know what to do". The filmmaker reportedly approached her on the street and said he wanted to cast her in his next film, allegedly telling her he felt an "instant connection" to her.

This report reveals that James Toback would often approach women he saw on the street or other places in public, and introduce himself as a film director, mentioning some of his projects, including the Oscar nomination he received for writing the Best Picture nominee Bugsy.

The LA Times interviewed 38 Toback accusers, and 31 spoke on the record with several of them identified by name.

"I am a 28 year old woman trying to make a living and a career", a former colleague of Weinstein's wrote in a memo about the harassment she allegedly witnessed. "You have been violated".

James Toback and Alec Baldwin in Seduced And Abandoned.

"I see a lot of women coming forward, and there's a lot of power in that", Kamin said. At the hotel, Toback allegedly asked her to remove her clothes, citing a desire to know she could handle sexual scenes.

None of the women detailed in the article contacted police for fear of recriminations and some claimed Toback had threatened them.

Numerous women have alleged that well-known film producer Weinstein sexually assaulted them following initial reports published this month by the New York Times and the New Yorker.

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