According to a new report, a Hollywood director has been using his job to sexually abuse and harass women.
So far, 38 women have come forward to give separate interviews to the Los Angeles Times regarding the horrific, morally degrading encounters they had with James Toback, director of “Black and White” and “Two Girls and a Guy.”
Upon meeting Toback, many of the women said that he would brag about his sexual conquests with famous women and then ask humiliating personal questions, such as “How often do you masturbate? How much pubic hair do you have?” Then he’d dry-hump them or masturbate in front of them, ejaculating into his pants or onto their bodies and then walk away. Meeting over, according to the report.
For decades, Toback has sexually harassed women he hired, women looking for work and women he just saw on the street. The vast majority of these women — 31 of the 38 interviewed — spoke on the record. The Times also interviewed people that the women informed of the incidents when they occurred. Unfortunately, no one contacted the police about him.
Toback denied all allegations to the Times, saying that he had never met any of these women or, if he did, it “was for 5 minutes and have no recollection.”
“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done,’” actress Adrienne LaValley said of a 2008 hotel room encounter that ended with Toback trying to rub his crotch against her leg. “I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends. And I deserved not to tell anyone.”
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