Director James Toback 'accused of sexual harassment by 38 women'

Almost forty women were accused Monday in the Los Angeles Times, the american director James Toback of sexual harassment and assault, committed over several decades.

Toback, of 72 years and nominated for an Oscar by script of Bugsy (1991), allegedly harassed women who had hired, who were looking for work or who had approached in street, according to information of newspaper.

Numerous reports centre on Toback offering to give young actresses a boost in their career in exchange for something sexual, while others are situations where Toback approached them.

The article reported that according to the 38 women: "In a hotel room, a movie trailer, a public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual".

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None of the women, 38 in total who were interviewed by the LA Times, had approached the police.

Toback told the outlet he doesn't remember meeting any of the women and denied the allegations.

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.

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. "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends", LaValley added. "This is in addition to many other women I've talked to at parties or dinners about their interactions with Toback", Gunn wrote.

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"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?'" Rinaldi said. Louise Post, the guitarist and vocalist for indie rock band Veruca Salt, said she met Toback in 1987 and went to his apartment. Weinstein was ultimately fired from his own company after the New York Times revealed he paid off at least eight women, including Rose McGowan. "And the awful thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken".

These new revelations follow in the wake of the case of Harvey Weinstein, who is rocking Hollywood and pushes many actresses to openly condemn the practice hitherto passed over in silence in the american industry of cinema. In 1989, Spy magazine wrote an account of several women who claimed they had experienced unwanted sexual encounters with him.

"He said that if he was going to cast me in a film that I would have to be comfortable with that", she said.

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