More than thirty different women have accused director James Toback of sexual harassment according to a report published by The Los Angeles Times. The 72-year-old Oscar nominee allegedly preyed on young women and promised them a fulfilling career in exchange for sexual favors.
In the exposé published today, Sunday, October 22nd, the news organization interviewed thirty-eight different women, 31 of whom went on record.
The report alleged that Toback made “vulgar comments” and sometimes “rubbed himself against them” and masturbated in their vicinity.
Louise Post – the vocalist and guitarist of the band, Veruca Salt – recalled a meeting with the Black And White Director while going to college in 1987.
— Veruca Salt (@verucasalt) October 16, 2017
She claimed, “He told me he’d love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes. Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years.”
Additionally, on the band’s Twitter page, they called him “a pig.” Another woman, actress Adrienne LaValley said to the LA Times that he “rubbed his privates against her” before ejaculating in his pants.
According to Adrienne, he presented the proposition as if it meant, “this is how it’s done,” in the Hollywood industry. Starr Rinaldi claimed to the publication that he always wanted her to go to his apartment as a testament to how “serious” she is about her art form.
The Times stated that Toback denied all of the allegations and he hasn’t even met the women in the report. He said if he did “it was for five minutes and (has) no recollection.”
As you may already know, sexual harassment, intimidation, coercion, assault, and rape have become pertinent issues in the Hollywood scene ever since the New York Times, and The New Yorker published their exposés regarding over thirty years of egregious misconduct perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein.