38 Women Accuse US Jewish Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Director James Toback poses during a photocall for the movie 'The Private Life Of A Modern Woman' at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sept. 3, 2017. PHOTO: Haaretz/Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Toback reportedly approached women on the streets of New York and promised stardom; report comes amid the ongoing downfall of producer Harvey Weinstein

23 October 2017

HAARETZ (AP) — Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing “Bugsy,” has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.

In the report, many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or simulating sexual intercourse with them, according to the accounts.

The 72-year-old denied the allegations to The Los Angeles Times, saying he never met any of the women, or if he had it “was for five minutes and (I) have no recollection.”

Thirty-one of the women spoke on the record including Louise Post, who is a guitarist and vocalist for the band Veruca Salt, and “As the World Turns” actress Terri Conn. […]

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