After The Times published an investigation of writer-director James Toback's decades of alleged sexual misconduct on Sunday, some readers were reminded that accusations had been percolating for years.
A story in the March 1989 issue of the defunct magazine Spy, titled "The Pickup Artist's Guide to Picking Up Women: A Case-by-Case Look at Movie Director James Toback's Street Technique," compiled testimonies from 13 of Toback's alleged victims, including the story's author, Vincenza Demetz.
According to Demetz, the director went to great lengths to impress the women he sought to pick up. Toback flaunted his membership in the Directors Guild of America and the Harvard Club of New York, boasted about being pictured in a book of Helmut Newton photographs and even offered roles in his upcoming films.
The Los Angeles Times revealed Sunday that 38 women have accused "Bugsy" screenwriter James Toback of sexual harassment going back decades. The reaction on social media was swift — and pretty unforgiving.
"Long overdue for this well known sack of ...," tweeted TV food personality Anthony Bourdain, ending the post with an expletive. Director James Gunn weighed in with a lengthy post decrying Toback, which he shared on Twitter with the message: "Why I've despised James Toback for over 20 years."
Actress and director Asia Argento, who told the New Yorker about how Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted her, tweeted in support of the women coming forward, expressing pride for her "sisters" for "bringing down yet another pig."
Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal opened the floodgates for victims of sexual assault to come forward with their own allegations of abuse by Hollywood heavyweights. Director James Toback is the latest to be accused.
After The Times broke a story in which 38 women came forward to allege harassment and assault by Toback, 72, "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn weighed in. He took to Facebook on Sunday morning to back up the mounting allegations, saying that he's been warning people about Toback for more than 20 years.
"I have personally met at least FIFTEEN WOMEN, probably more, who say that he's accosted them in NYC," wrote Gunn in his post.
The Directors Guild of America has filed disciplinary charges against member Harvey Weinstein, the organization announced Saturday
DGA President Thomas Schlamme said that the guild made the charges over a week ago, on Oct. 13. Typically, the DGA does not make public remarks about "internal union matters, but has decided to make an exception in this case," according to a guild statement.
The DGA released the news after its quarterly National Board of Directors meeting in New York City on Saturday. In a statement, the guild also condemned sexual harassment, noting that the issue went beyond "one person" and urged those in the industry to break a "shameful code of complicity" by speaking out about the problem.
"As directors and team members who solve problems for a living, we are committed to eradicating the scourge of sexual harassment on our industry," the statement read, with Schlamme adding the Weinstein controversy had inspired him "to look inside" himself.
The CW continues to mine DC Entertainment vault for TV content, and next up is an adaptation of comic book characters Traci Thirteen and her father Dr. Terrance Thirteen.
Officially titled “Project 13,” the project is being developed by the CW with actress and director Elizabeth Banks, The Times has confirmed. The news was first reported by Variety.
The one-hour drama will follow Traci – a twenty-something forensic scientist – who discovers her hidden extrasensory abilities after joining her estranged father to investigate mysterious cases involving the paranormal and other unexplained phenomena. As in the comics, Traci is a believer in the paranormal while Dr. Thirteen is a skeptic -- despite his family name being "Thirteen," and his repeated encounters with unexplained phenomena.
Former actress Heather Kerr said she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at a business meeting in 1989.
Speaking at a news conference Friday alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, Kerr alleged that Weinstein forced her to touch his genitals and told her that she had to be good in bed and sleep with him, directors and other producers if she wanted a career in Hollywood.
“He told me this was how things work in Hollywood and that all the actresses that had made it had made it this way. He said, ‘name anyone,’” the 56-year-old recalled.