Two actresses opened up about their sexual harassment encounter with Hollywood director who was nominated for the Academy Award in 1991. Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair accused James Toback of sexual assault. They are not the only one who accused him of sexual harassment, there are 38 other women who reportedly accused him of same.
The allegations scenario started earlier this week, it all began when Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women accused the Hollywood director James Toback, those women alleged that Toback sexually assaulted them for many years. Up to 200 women recounted there sexual encounter to the Los Angeles Times till now.
However, the director denied all such allegations to Times and said that it would be “biologically impossible” to harass women as he had heart problem and diabetes for 22 years.
The 38-year-old McAdams and the 45-year-old Blair, both the actresses came in front of the camera. Both the actresses described their sexual encounters with Toback to the James Toback Vanity Fair.
Blair described, “When he called these women liars, and said he didn’t recall meeting them and that the behavior alleged could not be attributed to him, I just felt rage and an obligation to speak publicly now.”
McAdams said, “I did not want to talk about this ever again.” She added, “However, even though it is a really bad memory, I feel like some good could come from talking about it now.”
“I took off my sweater,” Blair added. “I was so private about my body. I do remember looking down at the script and seeing my bare chest and not being able to focus on anything but the words and my face being so hot and puffy and feeling so ashamed.”
She later said, “I said, ‘That man is vile. And I never want to be in a room with him again. Do not send any girls or women to him.’ ”
McAdams said, she was 21 when he invited her for Harvard Man‘s audition. She recounts, “Pretty quickly the conversation turned quite sexual.” She added, “He said, ‘You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition.’ ”
Calling sexual harassment in Hollywood “so pervasive,” McAdams said. “This has all got to stop. We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is, and what a deep-seated problem this is.” McAdams added, “I think we almost have to exhaust ourselves sharing our experiences before the rebuilding can begin. And hopefully we never slip back into this darkness again.”