Over the weekend, The Los Angeles Occasions printed a narrative on 38 girls who got here ahead with sexual harassment allegations towards director James Toback. Now, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are talking out concerning the sexual harassment they are saying they skilled from Toback in a bit for Vainness Truthful, with Blair revealing that she was one of many girls who selected to go unnamed within the authentic L.A. Occasions piece. She selected to alter that now as a result of the variety of Toback accusers has risen to “greater than 200 girls,” and his response to the L.A. Occasions story—claiming that he had by no means met any of the ladies in query—crammed her with “rage and an obligation to talk publicly.” She says she desires to deliver as a lot consciousness to Toback as doable now in hopes that he’ll “be held accountable.”
Blair shares extra details about her expertise with Toback within the Vainness Truthful piece than she did for The L.A. Occasions, going into element about how he she met him for a gathering in his resort room after he moved it from a restaurant, how he allegedly made her do a monologue whereas bare, after which how he requested her for intercourse. When she refused and tried to go away, he allegedly stopped her and implied that he had as soon as had a lady kidnapped and thrown within the Hudson River “with cement blocks on her ft” as a result of she was going to “discuss one thing he had accomplished.” Blair says she simply wished to get out of his room “with out being raped,” so she gave in to a request to pinch his nipples whereas he rubbed up towards her leg—a standard thread from numerous the allegations towards Toback.
McAdams says she met Toback when she was a 21-year-old theater pupil. She auditioned for a job in one in every of his films, and he requested her to satisfy up with him later to “workshop it somewhat.” That night time, he invited her to his resort room and was “insistent” that they meet. When she arrived, he allegedly informed her that he had “masturbated numerous occasions” eager about her and began utilizing “manipulative speak” like asking how far she was “prepared to go as an actress.” McAdams says he additionally requested her to “learn passages out loud from totally different opinions of his movies and totally different critics speaking about his work.” After excusing himself to the lavatory and explaining that he had masturbated once more, McAdams says he began asking about her pubic her. At that time, she received up and managed to go away.
McAdams informed her agent on the time about it this subsequent morning, and although she was “outraged” and “very sorry,” she additionally informed McAdams that Toback had allegedly accomplished the identical factor to one in every of her different purchasers. That specifically appears to be why McAdams wished to return ahead, along with her telling Vainness Truthful that we “must get all of it out within the open and within the gentle in order that we will actually perceive how pervasive [sexual harassment] is.”