'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn warned women about James Toback

38 Women Have Accused Hollywood Director James Toback Of Sexual Misconduct

By James Hennessy

He would drop names and titles of movies he'd worked on, according to the newspaper, which adds: "Then, in a hotel room, a movie trailer, a public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual, according to 38 women who, in separate interviews told the Los Angeles Times of similar encounters they had with Toback".

In several of the cases, Toback rubbed his genitals on the victims, then ejaculating either in his trousers, or on them.

Toback has written or directed more than a dozen films, including "Tyson", "The Pick-Up Artist" and "Bugsy", for which he received an Oscar nomination.

The women, 31 of whom went on the record, spoke to the Los Angeles Times in separate interviews, detailing their encounters with the director, whose latest film, The Private Life of a Modern Woman, premiered last month at the Venice Film Festival.

Toback has denied the allegations against him, saying he never met any of the women for more than five minutes.

A Who's Who of actresses and models have come forward to accuse Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and harassment, and of using his intimidating power in Hollywood to keep his behaviour hushed up. "This is in addition to many other women I've talked to at parties or dinners about their interactions with Toback", Gunn wrote.

Weinstein's been accused of comparable behavior.

Another actress, Louise Post said "He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes". One woman referred to Toback's notorious tactics as being "Toback-ed", a term that is described as disturbingly common. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years". "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 disgusting thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken". "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends". She met Toback in 1987 while attending Barnard College. Toback's alleged M.O. was so depressingly monotonous that the magazineran his accusers' stories in a giant four-page foldout table, with column headers like "The Credentials", "Pitching the Project", and "Trust Me".

"Toback took me to a hotel and paid $600 in cash at the front desk", she continued. 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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