In a hotel room, a movie trailer, a public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual, according to 38 women who, in separate interviews told the Los Angeles Times of similar encounters they had with Toback.
During these meetings, many of the women said, Toback boasted of sexual conquests with the famous and then asked humiliating personal questions.
The women’s accounts portray James Toback as a man who, for decades, sexually harassed women he hired, women looking for work and women he just saw on the street.
According to the 38 women who spoke to The Times, the scope of Toback’s behavior was far more serious.
Several of the women The Times interviewed quit acting after their encounters with Toback.
As with so many other women, Toback told her he felt a connection with her but that she needed to display the sexual confidence the role required.