Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have both come forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of film director James Toback.
Last week, a report in the LA Times revealed that 38 women claimed to have been sexually harassed by Toback, who has helmed films including ‘Two Girls And A Guy’ and 2017’s ‘The Private Life Of A Modern Woman’, as well as writing ‘Bugsy’.
Following this, the reporter responsible for the piece has claimed that as many as 310 women have since come forward, with Selma and Rachel both sharing their experiences with Vanity Fair.
Speaking to the magazine, Selma recalled a meeting with Toback back in 1999, in which he invited her to his hotel room under the guise of discussing a potential part in his then-upcoming film, ‘Harvard Man’.
She described the meeting that had been set up, explaining: “I arrived at the restaurant and sat down at a table.
Selma said that Toback went on to try and coax her into performing a monologue naked, claiming it was part of “training” in acting he was willing to give her.
After she refused his advances, Toback allegedly told her she “couldn’t leave until [he had] release”, with Selma claiming he then implied he could physically endanger her life if she told anyone about what had gone on between them.
Rachel McAdams described a similar event around the same period, claiming she too was invited to his hotel room where “pretty quickly the conversation turned quite sexual”, with the director reportedly telling her: “I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition.”
Rachel was able to excuse herself from the situation without things turning physical, adding that when she told her agent what had happened, she admitted it wasn’t the first incident involving James Toback.
When contacted by Vanity Fair, James Toback declined to comment on the accusations that have been levelled against him.