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Director James Toback accused of sexual misconduct by more than 30 women

Director James Toback accused of sexual misconduct by more than 30 women”

Numerous women have alleged that well-known film producer Weinstein sexually assaulted them following initial reports published this month by the New York Times and the New Yorker.

Some have claimed to the LA Times that The Pick-up Artist and Two Girls and a Guy director's gross misdeeds included dry humping them and ejaculating into his trousers!

With the recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein and his many unwarranted sexual advances on women, a number of other directors, actors and other members of the Hollywood community are being outed as the scum that they have hidden away with fear and collusion for many years.

Once aspiring actress Starr Rinaldi told the publication that the director approached her 15 years ago in Central Park.

Toback's pick-up line allegedly was, "My name's James Toback". I'm a movie director. The director would also mention the three movies he made with Robert Downey Jr. and would reveal that he could make them "a star".

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Before the Los Angeles Times' piece broke, Toback denied the allegations from Kamin to Variety and said, "All I can tell you is I've never heard of this woman, and it's totally defamatory on her part to invent them". He'd tell them, they said, that he couldn't properly function unless he "jerked off" several times a day. Then, the women say, Toback masturbated or rubbed himself against them to completion.

Actress Adrienne LaValley said that she encountered him in 2008 in a hotel room and that he presented it like "This is how things are done", she said.

"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", Post told The Los Angeles Times. 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".

Musician Louise Post, who met Toback in 1987 while she was a student at Barnard College, said, she went to Toback's place and has regretted it ever since. "You have been violated".

The Spy story-which was about unwanted sexual advances during what were presumed to be business meetings-doesn't seem to have been caused much of a stir at the time in other media outlets, but it does show up, heavily euphemized, in later profiles of the director.

Director Derek Cianfrance and writer James Toback attend the Private Screening of The Weinstein Company's "Blue Valentine" Hosted by Kate Winslet at Tribeca Grand Hotel on November 30, 2010 in New York City. He allegedly ejaculated into his trousers.

A NY native, Harvard graduate, creative writing professor and compulsive gambler, Toback used his own life as inspiration for his first produced screenplay, "The Gambler", which came out in 1974 and starred James Caan. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.) He was sacked from his own company, the Weinstein Co., and forced to step down from its board of directors.

Toback is reportedly still married to his second wife, Stephanie Kempf and they have a son.



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