Actresses,Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment after 300 women came forward in just a matter of four days. The notebook actress was 21 when it happened,she explains
‘He said, “You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition.”‘ she says he told her.
‘This has been such a source of shame for me – that I didn’t have the wherewithal to get up and leave,’ she said.
‘I was very lucky that I left and that he didn’t actually physically assault me in any way.’
‘I did not want to talk about this ever again. However, even though it is a really bad memory, I feel like some good could come from talking about it now,’ she said.
Blair,45 explains how the director said he would only meet in his hotel room, she felt uncomfortable and said she would rather meet at a restuarant. though hr agreed when she arrived a hostess came over and told her that Toback couldn’t come downstairs and that she should meet him upstairs in his hotel room.
‘Against my better judgment, I went upstairs,’ she said. ‘Looking back, I don’t think James Toback ever planned to come down to the restaurant.’
‘He pulled out the script and said, “I look at you, and I see that we have a real connection. You could be an incredible actress, just by your eyes, but I can tell you don’t have confidence.”‘
‘do this monologue naked.’
‘I said, “why would my character need to be naked? She is a lawyer in a courtroom,’ Blair said.
‘He said, “Because I need to see how your body moves. How comfortable you are with your body. This is where I start training you.”‘
‘You have to do this for me. You cannot leave until I have release.’
‘I thought, “Well, if I can get out of here without being raped…'” she said.
‘I felt disgust and shame, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to the devil. His energy was so sinister,’
‘I have people who will pull up in a car, kidnap her, and throw her in the Hudson River with cement blocks on her feet. You understand what I’m talking about, right?’ she claims he told her.
‘My career was just starting, and I was frightened. I thought I was going to be kidnapped if I told anybody,’
‘When he called these women liars, and said he didn’t recall meeting them and that the behavior alleged could not be attributed to him, I just felt rage and an obligation to speak publicly now,’ Blair said.
‘I want to bring as much awareness to this harassment as possible because I want Toback to be held accountable.’