Hollywood’s growing sexual harassment scandals have two more victims. Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have accused director James Tobak of horrible sexual antics.
Add Selma Blair, 45, and Rachel McAdams, 38, to the list of over 200 women who have accused writer and director James Toback, 72, of perverted sexual behavior while meeting with them for roles early in their careers. The two stars have come forward with horrific allegations in a new Vanity Fair expose out Oct. 26. For Selma, it happened in 1999 when she met him about a part in his comedy Harvard Man. Toback allegedly demanded they take the meeting in his hotel room and asked her to read for the part naked, even though she would be playing a courthouse lawyer. The terrified actress took her top off and he allegedly told her “Wow, you need a lot of work.”
She alleges that she put her sweater back on and told him she needed to get out of there and he stopped her saying, “No, you have to talk to me.” The Cruel Intentions star says, “He started to rub his penis through his pants and asked, ‘Would you f**k me?’” She refused, but he went on to dry-hump against her clothed body. When she left, the actress claims he threatened that if she said anything about their encounter, he could have her killed. Says Blair, “I didn’t want to speak up because, it sounds crazy but, even until now, I have been scared for my life. But then these brave women spoke out, and he called them liars and said he didn’t recall meeting them…that [the] behavior alleged was disgusting and it could not be attributed to him. I just felt rage. Pure rage.”
As for why she’s finally coming out about the terrifying encounter now, she tells the magazine that, “I still felt so powerless and scared.” But the growing number of women coming forward helped her change her mind. “I kept thinking, ‘O.K., is there a big actress who is going to come out so that she can be the face of this?’ I want to bring as much awareness to this harassment as possible because I want Toback to be held accountable.” Toback denied the allegations to the initial LA Times piece on Oct. 22 where 38 women came forward to accuse him of unwanted sexual advances. Since then he has had no comment about the additional claims. See pics of James, here.
HollywoodLifers, are you proud that so many actresses are bravely coming forward with their abuse stories?