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Director James Toback has been accused by more than 30 women of sexual harassment, according to a story in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Toback is the director of, among other films, Two Girls and a Guy and was Oscar-nominated for writing Warren Beatty’s Bugsy. According to the LA Times, he lured women to auditions and meetings by offering professional opportunities.
Fact - Director - Reputation - Hollywood - Women
In fact, the director’s reputation was so well known among some Hollywood women that one of his accusers says getting “Toback-ed” became shorthand for any sexual abuse “by a creepy writer-director.”
Toback has denied the allegations or even meeting the women for more than five minutes.
Rumors - Toback - Wake - Harvey - Weinstein
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 Blair Gets Us, He Truly Gets Us in ‘The Private Life of a Modern Woman’”.
Blair added a one-word commentary: “Ironic.”
Times - Toback - Line - Women - Name
According to The Times, Toback rarely varied from his “opening line” with the women: “My name’s James Toback. I’m a movie director. Have you ever seen ‘Black and White’ or ‘Two Girls and a Guy’?”
“If you didn’t believe him,” said the Times, “he would pull out a business card or an article that had been written about him to prove he had some juice in Hollywood. That he could make you a star. But first, he’d need to get to know you. Intimately. Trust him, he’d say. It’s all part of his process.”
Times - Spoke - Record - Case - None
According to the Times, 31 of the 38 interviewed spoke on the record. “As is often the case, none of them contacted the police at the time,” says the article. “When contacted by The Times, Toback denied the allegations,...
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