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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Los Angeles Prosecutors Reject 5 Sexual Assault Cases Against Director James Toback
The following article appeared in
Breitbart on April 10th
By Breitbart Staff
ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors said Monday that they will not bring
criminal charges against writer and director James Toback in five sexual abuse
investigations they have reviewed.
The Oscar-nominated writer-director
has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.
Documents released Monday by the Los
Angeles County District Attorney’s office said the statute of limitations in
all of the cases had expired.
The women, none of whom are
identified in the documents, reported sexual abuse from Toback that spanned 30
years, from 1978 to 2008.
Toback, who was nominated for an
Oscar for writing 1991′s “Bugsy,” has vehemently denied the allegations.
In the 1978 case, the woman told
police that Toback had pushed her against the wall and asked her to have sex
with him after a dinner. When she refused, he drove her home and she said he
exposed himself in the car.
In one of two accusations dating to
2008, the woman said that after a dinner date she thought she was going to a
movie screening with Toback and ended up alone with him in an empty house. She
told investigators that he asked her to masturbate in front of him and she
complied out of fear.
He then told her to sit in the chair
by the door where he’d been sitting.
“The suspect knelt down in front of
her, placed his hand on the armrests and rubbed his penis on her bare leg until
he ejaculated,” the documents say.
Nearly identical allegations are made
in another case from 2008. In that investigation, prosecutors say the accuser
did not show up to be interviewed, and hasn’t responded to attempts to reach
her. A prosecutor said that while the statute of limitations appears to have
expired in this case too, it would be re-evaluated if the woman is interviewed
Information for an attorney or
representative who could provide comment for Toback was not immediately
The allegations against Toback became
public in October, part of the wide wave that came after stories of Harvey
Weinstein’s sexual misconduct rocked Hollywood and sparked the #MeToo movement.
While dozens of men were accused of
misbehavior, Toback, while not as well-known as many of them, stood out for the
sheer number of women who said he had sexually assaulted or harassed them.
The Los Angeles Times reported that
38 women alleged sexual misconduct from Toback, and in the wake of that story
hundreds more came forward.
They included actresses Selma Blair
and Rachel McAdams.
Blair said Toback asked her to
perform a monologue naked, propositioned her for sex, and said he would not let
her leave until he “had release.” Blair said he then simulated sexual
intercourse on her leg.
“I felt disgust and shame, and like
nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to
the devil,” Blair told Vanity Fair. “His energy was so sinister.”
But while lawsuits and firings have
been plentiful, criminal consequences have been slow in coming for powerful men
ensnared in the #MeToo movement, though many more, including Weinstein, remain
under criminal investigation.
While never becoming a major player
in Hollywood, Toback, 73, managed to have a moderately successful career in
film that has lasted more than 40 years.
Movies he wrote and directed include
Harvey Keitel’s “Fingers,” the loosely autobiographical “The Pick-up Artist,”
which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald, and “Two Girls and a Guy,”
also with Downey Jr. and Heather Graham.
Many of his accusers said he touted
his friendship with Downey in trying to show his importance as he pressured
them for sex.
Ed. James Toback accused of sexual assault, just like another Hollywood big-shot, Harvey Weinstein (pic above). Hard to believe that a couple of good lookin' studs like these would need to assault glamour girls, isn't it!