As the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal continues to spread throughout the entertainment industry, The Los Angeles Times reports that 38 women have come forward to accuse filmmaker James Toback of sexual harassment.
Toback, who has a string of writing, directing and producing credits going back to 1974, received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for the 1991 film “Bugsy.”
“He prowled the streets of Manhattan looking for attractive young women, usually in their early 20s, sometimes college students, on occasion a high schooler,” The Times reports. “He approached them in Central Park, standing in line at a bank or drug store or at a copy center while they worked on their resumes.
“His opening line had a few variations. One went: ‘My name’s James Toback. I’m a movie director. Have you ever seen “Black and White” or “Two Girls and a Guy”?’”
Toback would follow with an invitation to meet with him privately, the story reports.
“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,” the story reports.
The Times adds: “During these meetings, many of the women said, Toback boasted of sexual conquests with the famous and then asked humiliating personal questions. How often do you masturbate? How much pubic hair do you have? He’d tell them, they said, that he couldn’t properly function unless he ‘jerked off’ several times a day. And 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.”
Toback, 72, has reportedly denied the allegations.