Each new story of sexual deviancy in Hollywood that hits the headlines lately only seems to confirm the depravity is deeper than anyone previously imagined.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, actress Selma Blair described how she was sexually assaulted by director James Toback in his hotel room when she was reading lines for his movie “Harvard Man.”
“I was 21 and in the middle of theater school when I met [Toback]. Theater school was a very safe space,” she said, adding that Toback “used the same language during my audition—that you have to take risks and sometimes you’re going to be uncomfortable and sometimes it’s going to feel dangerous. And that’s a good thing—when there is danger in the air and you feel like you are out of your comfort zone.”
The director, who was accused by 38 women of sexual assault in a Los Angeles Times story, asked Blair where her parents were upon meeting him for the first time.
When she responded that she had an estranged relationship with her father, Toback allegedly replied “You know, I could have him killed,” she remembered him saying. “I do it all the time. I know people.”
“I need you to take your clothes off. I need you to do this monologue naked,” he allegedly told her.
Blair said she protested, noting that he character was an attorney in a courtroom, but upon Toback’s insistence she removed her sweater.
The actress said he went from that to rubbing himself through his pants and then asking Blair if she would have sex with him.
According to Blair, Toback told her he had a wife and a girlfriend ut he needed a sexual release several times daily, and alleged “that he did some really dark sexual things with,” she said.
“What do I have to do? I cannot touch you. I cannot have sex with you,” Blair said she told the director.
He told her that “It’s O.K. I can come in my pants. I have to rub up against your leg. You have to pinch my nipples. And you have to look into my eyes.”
Blair said she gave in because “I thought, “Well, if I can get out of here without being raped . . .”
He walked me back to the bed. He sat me down. He got on his knees. And he continued to press so hard against my leg. He was greasy and I had to look into those big brown eyes. I tried to look away, but he would hold my face. So I was forced to look into his eyes. And 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.
And then he made it known that her life was in danger if she ever spoke of the incident.
“There is a girl who went against me. She was going to talk about something I did. I am going to tell you, and this is a promise, if she ever tells anybody, no matter how much time she thinks went by, 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 remembered him saying.
“Yes. I understand,” she told him.
In the 20 years since, she had only told two people, including her boyfriend at the time.
“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.,” she told Vanity Fair.
Blair was one of the women who spoke to the Times, but did so anonymously until Toback denied the charges.
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