Oscar-nominated director James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women, according to a report in the US.
According to numerous women, Toback would approach them on the streets of NY, introduce himself as an Oscar nominee, occasionally pull out magazine articles about himself to prove his identity, and then encourage them to attend an audition for him.
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.
"It's a common thread among many women I know ... after someone mentions they were sexually abused by a creepy writer-director, the response is, 'Oh, no".
In a blunt Facebook post - tweeted with the message "Why I've despised James Toback for over 20 years" - the 51-year-old director says that when he lived in NY during the 1990s, he met over a dozen women claiming to be have been "accosted" by the "Two Girls and a Guy" director. He most recently wrote and directed The Private Life of a Modern Woman starring Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin.
The Italian actress Asia Argento, one of women who accuse Weinstein of sexual abuse and, in particular, of rape, has written on Twitter after publication of report: Very proud of my sisters to bring down anor pig: James Toback.
Toback denied the allegations, telling the Los Angeles Times that he never met or has "no recollection" of meeting the women.
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Following the report in the LA Times, many industry giants have criticised Toback for his alleged behaviour.
Both women said a recent sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein triggered a flood of memories.
Louise Post, guitarist and vocalist for band Veruca Salt, who in 1987 met Toback at Barnard University, recalled that director told him he wanted to masturbate while looking him in eye. "Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past thirty years".
It's far from the first time news has broken about James Toback allegedly harassing women.
"The way he presented it, it was like, 'This is how things are done, '" LaValley told the newspaper. "I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends".
"And the terrible thing is, whichever road you choose, whether you sleep with him or walk away, you're still broken, You have been violated", added Rinaldi. At the same time, he'd tell her that he planned to put her in a movie. Over several dinners, he asked her personal questions about her sex life, even though it made her uncomfortable.