Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams inform Toback harassment stories


AP This mix image reveals starlet Selma Blair at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6, 2016, left, and actress Rachel McAdams at the Los Angeles best of “Physician Strange” on Oct. 20, 2016. In a Vanity Fair interview published Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, Blair and McAdams have alleged that writer and director James Toback sexually bugged them.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017|6:04 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– Actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have added their names to the growing list of females who have actually stepped forward to declare that writer and director James Toback sexually pestered or attacked them following a report Sunday in The Los Angeles Times detailing the accounts of 38 accusers.

Considering that Sunday, the number of accusers has swollen to over 200 declaring unsuitable encounters with Toback, an Oscar-nominee for his “Bugsy” movie script. Talking To Vanity Fair in a short article published Thursday, Blair and McAdams describe encounters similar to those detailed in the L.A. Times report– much of which assert that Toback, now 72, would talk up his accomplishments and guarantee stardom, typically referencing his relationship with Robert Downey Jr., prior to masturbating or imitating sex acts on the females.

Blair had actually currently filmed “Cruel Intentions” when her agent scheduled her to meet Toback for a possible role in his movie “Harvard Male.” The conference was set at a hotel restaurant, however Blair said when she arrived the person hosting stated that Toback desired her to meet him in his room.

There, she described a long meeting in which Toback asked her to perform a monologue naked, propositioned her for sex, and stated he would not let her leave till he “had release.” Blair said he then simulated sexual intercourse on her leg.

“I felt disgust and pity, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean once again after being this close to the devil,” Blair said. “His energy was so sinister.”

Later, Toback suggested that if she told anyone, he could have her killed.

“I didn’t wish to speak up because, it sounds insane but, even until now, I have actually been terrified for my life,” Blair stated.

McAdams, an Oscar candidate for her supporting role in “Spotlight,” likewise met Toback to audition for “Harvard Man.” She was 21 and just starting out in business. After her audition he informed her he wanted to workshop with her. They satisfied that night in his hotel space where, she stated, the conversation rapidly turned sexual.

“He said, ‘You know, I simply need to inform you. I have actually masturbated countless times today thinking about you given that we satisfied at your audition,'” McAdams stated.

He later on asked if she would reveal him her pubic hair. McAdams said she ultimately excused herself and left.

“I was very lucky that I left and he didn’t in fact physically assault me in any method,” she said, including that she has actually felt embarassment since that she didn’t leave earlier. When she told her agent about the encounter the next day, she stated the representative said Toback had done this to another one of her starlet clients.

The accounts come as unwanted sexual advances in the office, and, specifically Hollywood, has been under increased analysis after lots of females implicated film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and attack returning decades.

Blair stated in the case of Toback she was emboldened by the “brave ladies” who spoke up in the Times and the rage she felt when Toback dismissed the accounts. Toback denied the claims to the paper, and decreased to discuss the brand-new allegations to Vanity Fair. He has actually not responded to requests for remark from The Associated Press.

She also said she hoped that “somebody bigger” than her would “call him out.”

Weinstein accusers, who now total over 50, have varied from assistants to aspiring starlets to some of the industry’s most famous, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted that Blair and the others are “huge enough.”

“You have actually helped someone out there. You have,” DuVernay wrote to Blair.

Like Weinstein, reports of Toback’s supposed habits toward females have actually been around for years. Spy magazine blogged about him in 1989, and the now-defunct site Gawker also released accounts from women in New York who had actually had encounters with Toback on the street. Julianne Moore said on Twitter Tuesday that Toback approached her on the street in New York in the 80s, asking her to come to his apartment or condo to audition.

But exactly what may occur to Toback is still a concern. As Blair explained, unlike Weinstein and Amazon executive Roy Rate, Toback is not a staff member of a company from which he can be fired. He is also not presently a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Toback was an Academy member but stopped renewing his annual subscription nearly a decade back. He is not a member of the Academy,” a movie academy representative said Thursday.

He does, nevertheless, presently has actually a finished film, “The Personal Life of a Modern Woman,” starring Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin that debuted at the Venice Movie Festival earlier this year. It does not yet have a supplier.

Some see a silver lining in the dominoes falling like this.

“For many years, lots of in power tried to divide & & conquer ladies in order to control, control, & & victimize them,” said actress Jessica Chastain on Twitter on Thursday with a link to the Vanity Fair post. “The untenable behavior stops now.”

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