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38 Women Have Accused Hollywood Director James Toback Of Sexual Misconduct

Almost 40 women have accused American film director and writer James Toback of sexual harassment in encounters dating back to decade of 80, according to a report published this Sunday by Los Angeles Times newspaper. The director, who is now 72 years old, claimed it has always been "biologically impossible" for him to do some of the acts described because he's been on medication for diabetes and a heart condition. According to the women, Toback used his position in Hollywood to set up meetings that "quickly turned sexual". He would then try to turn the meeting to sexual topics by asking inappropriate questions like, "How often do you masturbate?"

Thirty-one of the 38 women interviewed by the LA Times spoke on the record.

Specifically, Toback claims he never met any of the women, and if he had, it was not for more than a few minutes.

He said it was "biologically impossible" for him to engage in the behaviour described in the report, and claimed that he had diabetes and a heart condition that required medication.

The expose comes just weeks after a articles in The New York Times and the New Yorker alleged that Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, used his position to sexually harass and assault women he encountered through his work, at least since the 1980s. "The way he presented it, it was like, "This is how things are done", actress Adrienne LaValley said of a 2008 hotel room encounter that ended with Toback trying to rub his crotch against her leg.

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"He told me he'd love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes", said Louise Post, guitarist and vocalist for the indie rock band Veruca Salt.

"I felt like a whore, a disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends".

A cascade of accounts by women of sexual abuse has flooded social media under the hashtag #MeToo since a similar scandal surrounding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein erupted earlier this month. "Going to your apartment has been my source of shame for last 30 years, having allowed myself to be so naïve", he lamented Post.

When the actress jumped away from him, he ejaculated in his trousers. "I was crying for the 20-year-old woman who lost something vital that day - her innocence". That same libidinous request is repeated in accounts of or alleged victims. His opening line, they say, followed the same pattern: "My name's James Toback".

"I was shocked and icy and didn't know what to do", said Terri Conn, an actress who was 23 years old when she met in a closed area of Central Park in NY with principal and began rubbing against her leg.

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