In 1987, he made the semi-autobiographical "The Pick-up Artist". Almost 40 women have accused American film director and writer James Toback of sexual harassment in encounters dating back to decade of 80, according to a report published this Sunday by Los Angeles Times newspaper.
Thirty-eight women described similar meetings with Toback in which he boasted of sexual conquests, touched them inappropriately or masturbated in front of them, the newspaper reported. Then, he'd rub himself against them or masturbate in front of them, ejaculating into his trousers or onto their bodies, then walk away, The Times reported.
James Toback is accused of accosting at least 38 women.
He also went as far as to say it would have been "impossible" for him to do some of these acts, as he was suffering from diabetes and a heart condition during the period. Though he's worked with many famous actors like Robert Downey Jr., James Caan and Heather Graham, the average moviegoer likely wouldn't recognize Toback's name.
Louise Post, the frontwoman of the indie rock band Veruca Salt, felt ashamed of her encounter with Toback thirty years ago.
The director's reputation was so well known among some Hollywood women that one accuser said "getting Toback-ed" became code for any sexual abuse "by a creepy writer-director".
"I felt like a whore, a disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends". I told the women who would come forward I had their back.
The Times stated that Toback denied all of the allegations and he hasn't even met the women in the report.
"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post told the Los Angeles Times. 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. "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".
The women Toback targeted ranged from aspiring actresses, women in the industry to people on the streets. At the same time, he'd tell her that he planned to put her in a movie.
"Toback took me to a hotel and paid $600 in cash at the front desk", she continued. She needed to remove her clothes. When asked, "paralyzed", if she was trying to stimulate herself sexually, director replied that "Of course" and young girl ran away.
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