Saturday, October 28, 2017

James Toback's Combative On-the-Record Denial

By Rolling Stone, Oct. 27, 2017

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, one of the first things I thought was: "Who's next?" My wife Anna Scott, a public radio reporter for KCRW in Los Angeles, had an answer: James Toback.

She is one of what appears to be a very long list of women who have been accosted by the New York-based writer and director behind films like Black and White, Two Girls and a Guy and The Pick Up Artist. My wife's own gruesome story dates back to about 18 years ago, when she was a senior in high school. Toback vaguely offered her a film role and then proceeded to talk to her about masturbation and pubic hair. Fortunately, she managed to extricate herself as the conversation moved to the prospect of heading to a hotel room somewhere, but she was still left feeling humiliated.

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