James Toback, Hollywood Director, Facing 38 Sexual Harassment Accusations

Eric Gonzalez, Student Life Editor & Entertainment Reporter

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James Toback, a Hollywood director and screenwriter popular in the 90’s, known for movies such as “Bugsy”, “The Pick-Up Artist”, and “The Gambler,” is facing a storm of sexual harassment accusations.

Actors Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have accused him of inappropriate behavior during individual meetings. Both of these actors interviewed with Vanity Fair about these accusations.

Blair alleges that in her meeting with Toback, he asked her to audition for him naked and then requested that she let him rub himself against her. Blair said, “I felt disgust and shame, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to the devil… his energy was so sinister.”

Blair also claims that he threatened her with violence if she told anyone about it.

McAdams first met with Toback thinking it’d be about a role in his 2001 film, “Harvard Man.” McAdams says he turned out to have different intentions.

“This has been such a source of shame for me, that I didn’t have the wherewithal to get up and leave,” she said. “I was lucky that I left and he didn’t actually psychically assault me in a way.”

Other actors have spoken out, including Julianne Moore, who spoke out over Twitter accusing Toback of trying to get her to his apartment and how she refused to.

According to Glenn Whipp, LA Times reporter, 38 women have accused Toback of sexual harassment.

Toback has rolled away from these accusations. He said he has never met any of these women and if he did, he had no recollection of them due to the short nature of their meetings.

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