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Director James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment By Over 30 Women

The filmmaker's biggest claim to fame, however, may no longer be his Oscar-nominated turn writing the Warren Beatty gangster flick, Bugsy - Toback has now been accused by 38 women of sexual misconduct over the span of his 40-plus year career.

"He always wanted me to read for him in a hotel or come back to his apartment, like, 'How serious are you about your craft?'" said Starr Rinaldi, an aspiring actress approached by Toback about 15 years ago.

During his meetings with women, Toback boasted of his sexual endeavours with the famous celebrities and would ask them "humiliating personal questions".

Toback denied the allegations, telling the Times he had never met the women or if he did it "was for five minutes and have no recollection".

The allegations against Toback come in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has seen dozens of women sharing alleged experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault by the Hollywood producer. Criminal investigations are underway in London, New York and Los Angeles on the ex-tycoon in the film.

The indie rock band Veruca Salt used the hashtag to call out Toback on October 16.

The women, 31 of whom went on the record, spoke to the Los Angeles Times in separate interviews, detailing their encounters with the director, whose latest film, The Private Life of a Modern Woman, premiered last month at the Venice Film Festival.

"It's a common thread among many women I know ... after someone mentions they were sexually abused by a creepy writer-director, the response is, 'Oh, no".

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Many women claimed that the director approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom.

"Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past 30 years, that I allowed myself to be so gullible", said Post, who is now a guitarist and singer for Veruca Salt, an indie rock band.

None of the women contacted the police at the time of the alleged incidents, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Today, I cried for the first time since then about it", she told the Times.

Actor/comedian/radio host John Fugelsang tweeted "I had no idea James Toback objectified women until I watched like any of his movies from the past 20 years".

The way he presented it, it was like, "This is how things are done".

"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. "And I deserved not to tell anyone", actress Adrienne LaValley told The LA Times.

Toback continued to work in the industry after the article.

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