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Director James Toback Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Rachel McAdams And Selma Blair

They're just two of the 310 women to have come forward.

27/10/2017 12:12 BST

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.

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Selma Blair
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James Toback

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.

She said: “I told him I was uncomfortable. But he continued to coax me—saying that this was in no way a come-on. This was part of training. He wanted to make me a good actress. He wanted to make me comfortable. I thought, ‘Well, my representation sent me to see him. He must be really important.’”

Selma then claimed that he began rubbing his genitals through his clothes, telling her: “You have to talk to me… would you f**k me?”

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.”

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