Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams Speak Out Against Director James Toback
In the latest update regarding the allegations against Director James Toback, two well-known actresses have decided to come forward and share their horrific experiences. 'Sherlock Holmes' star Rachel McAdams and fellow actress Selma Blair, have publicly stated that the director sexually harassed them.
Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair have both stated in separate interviews to Vanity Fair that Toback, who now has 238 women naming him as their attacker, was inappropriate with both of them during the early stages of their careers.
The circumstances are eerily very similar, as Toback allegedly invited both actresses to his hotel room to speak to them about a role in his 2001 film, Harvard Man.
"I was very lucky that I left and he didn't actually physically assault me in any way," McAdams told Vanity Fair after she claimed that the director 'masturbated' before their meeting, told her about it, and did it once more when he excused himself to use the bathroom. She continued that she spoke to her agent about the incident the following morning, who sincerely apologized and said: "I can't believe he did it again. This isn't the first time that this has happened. He did this the last time that he was in town. He did this to one of my other actresses."
Blair alleges that she was one of the 38 victims that anonymously spoke against him in the originally story the Los Angeles Times reported. Blair also stated that she was fearful for her life because the director allegedly threatened her. "I still felt so powerless and scared. 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."
Both actresses have only told two people about the encounter.
Toback has denied all the allegations against him, calling all the women 'liars' and that he never met any of the 38 original women who accused him.
"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.
Toback hasn't responded back to McAdams' or Blair's allegations directly but has also stated that he has a 'medical condition' that makes it impossible to be the man these women have accused him of being.