James Toback Denies Sexual Harassment Accusations in Angry Rant
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Since Oct. 22, that number has ballooned from 38 accusers, first publicly announcedin the Los Angeles Times. The claims, which range from unwanted sexual advances to non-consensual masturbation, have been made by both celebrities and non-celebrities.
Toback, 72, said he had no comment on McAdams’ and Blair’s allegations, and previously said about the 38 initial accusations that he never met any of those women, and if he did, it was very brief. He also alluded to diabetes and a heart problem, saying it was “biologically impossible” for him to do what the accusers said he did.
Rolling Stone reporter Hillel Aron had been communicating with a handful of Toback’s accusers, who each claimed the director invited them up to his hotel room and started masturbating in front of them. When Aron requested a comment from Toback, he insisted the interview be recorded.
When confronted with the testimony from multiple women claiming Toback used auditions as cover for his sexual intentions, he audibly bristles and outright denies the claims.
“I don’t want to get a pat on the back, but I’ve struggled seriously to make movies with very little money, that I write, that I direct, that mean my life to me,” he said. “The idea that I would offer a part to anyone for any other reason than that he or she was gonna be the best of anyone I could find is so disgusting to me. And anyone who says it is a lying c**ksucker or c***, or both. Can I be any clearer than that?”
“No one who’s ever worked with me would ever say anything like that. No one,” he added.
Toback also denied ever meeting some of his accusers and said that women tend to “gang” up.
“These are people I don’t know, and it’s things I never would have done. And it’s just not worth talking about. It’s idiotic,” he said. “They hear each other. And they gang up… it’s all, you know, me too, me too, me too, me too, me too… it doesn’t have anything to do with my life in any way. It never has. I work seriously with complete integrity. I never, never, never have offered a part to anyone who didn’t deserve it, and I’ve never not delivered when I do offer a part.”