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James Toback: 200 more women allege harassment by director, reports LA Times

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Paper states it has actually gotten numerous stories of undesirable sexual attention from the Hollywood veteran, who has actually rejected earlier claims

More than 200 females have actually called the LA Times to implicate James Toback of harassment, inning accordance with the paper.

The claims, which have actually not been validated, come simply 2 days after the Times released an examination into the 72-year-old director’s behaviour , where 38 females stated that the director had actually sexually bothered them.

The paper stated that much of the brand-new accounts resembled those detailed in the very first short article, which declared that Toback approached females in New York City and provided them functions in an upcoming movie prior to later acting in an improper way to them.

Toback has actually not reacted to the LA Times about the extra allegations. He rejected the accounts released in the initial report, stating he had actually never ever fulfilled any of the females, or if he had it “was for 5 minutes and [I] have no recollection”. Toback likewise declared that for the last 22 years it had actually been “biologically difficult” for him to participate in the actions he is implicated of, due to diabetes and a heart disease that needed medication.

In addition to the accounts gotten by the Times, telephone call have actually been made to the Los Angeles Police Department about Toback in the last couple of days, an investigator informed the paper. The LAPD is still figuring out whether it will perform an examination into the accusations. A representative for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office stated that they were motivating individuals to call its sex criminal offenses hotline number in relation to the claims.

One of the brand-new accusers is star Julianne Moore, who stated on Twitter that Toback had actually approached her in New York in the 1980s utilizing “the very same language” as appeared in the Times accounts, and did so once again a month later on. “I stated ‘do not u keep in mind u did this prior to?'” she composed.

NBC Today Show host Natalie Morales likewise spoke up versus Toback, composing on Twitter that the director utilized the “specific very same playbook” throughout a conference in Central Park. “I saw quite rapidly exactly what he depended on,” Morales composed.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn likewise reacted to the allegations, stating that he understood of a minimum of 15 ladies who had actually stated Toback had actually pestered them, which he had actually been cautioning ladies to prevent Toback for many years. “He has actually done this to 3 women I’ve dated, 2 of my best pals, and a member of the family … two times,” Gunn included.

On 22 October, an agent for Toback’s representative, Jeff Berg, informed the Hollywood Reporter that Berg had ended his relationship with the film-maker following the Times report .

A film writer as a well as a director, Toback made his composing launching with The Gambler, a 1974 drama that starred James Caan. In 1992 he got an Oscar election for finest movie script for Bugsy (starring Warren Beatty), as well as directed Robert Downey Jr in 3 movies, consisting of Two Girls and a Guy and The Pick-up Artist. Toback’s next movie is The Private Life of a Modern Woman, starring Sienna Miller. It premiered at the Venice movie celebration in September.

The claims versus Toback come as Hollywood handle the failure of movie manufacturer Harvey Weinstein , who has actually been implicated of sexual attack and harassment by more than 50 ladies. On 24 October, a previous assistant to Weinstein stated she had broken a privacy contract to speak up about declared abuse by the magnate, who she stated had actually bothered her while she operated at his production business Miramax. Weinstein rejects all accusations of non-consensual sex, his representative stated.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/24/james-toback-200-more-women-allege-harassment-by-director-reports-la-times

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