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Director James Toback at center of his own sexual harassment scandal

24 October 2017, 12:40 | Nina Perez

More than 30 Women Accuse Oscar Nominee James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Director James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment By Over 30 Women

More than 30 women accused James Toback of sexual harassment, saying the director and writer preyed on young actresses for years and lured them into a meeting that would turn sexual and often end with him masturbating in front of them, a new bombshell report revealed on Sunday.

James Toback is accused of accosting at least 38 women.

Toback, for what it's worth, has denied the allegations of all 38 women (31 of which were wiling to speak on the record in that Times story).

Out of the 38, as many as 31 of the women spoke about it, and detailed various incidents in which Toback allegedly made lewd suggestions, steered conversations into sexually explicit territory, and rubbed against them until he ejaculated into his trousers or on their bodies. For Louise Post-today the singer and guitarist for indie rock band Veruca Salt, but in 1987, when Toback allegedly told her he'd like to masturbate in front of her, just a college student at Barnard-Weinstein's public fall from grace forced her to face that part of her past. Toback approached her with a copy of one his movies - "Two Girls and a Guy" - a business card and a pitch and told her "he felt a connection to me and wanted to put me in a film", she said. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past 30 years, that I allowed myself to be so gullible". But eventually, she went to hotel room with Toback, where - despite her reservations - he persuaded her to get undressed, she said. He said if he did "it was for five minutes and (has) no recollection".

Weeks after a wave of sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein began, actresses are still coming forward while male Hollywood powerhouses are attempting to make amends for what they knew. "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". He also claimed to the Times he was medically incapable of such behavior, citing diabetes and a heart condition.

The women Toback targeted ranged from aspiring actresses, women in the industry to people on the streets.

"It's important to say, I don't have any firsthand information about any of this", wrote "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn in a post on Facebook.

"I was shocked and icy and didn't know what to do", said Terri Conn, an actress who was 23 years old when she met in a closed area of Central Park in NY with principal and began rubbing against her leg.

"It really is not all of Hollywood", Gunn replied.

Kamin jumped up, grabbed her clothes and ran, she said.

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