Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams make harassment claims

Carla Harmon
October 27, 2017

Blair, 45, chose to speak out about her experience with Toback after last week's Los Angeles Times report, which compiled testimony from 38 different women who alleged they had been sexual harassed by the 72-year-old.

Toback denied the allegations in the LA Times and claimed that he had not met any of the women involved in the story, but that, if he did, it was "for five minutes" and that he has "no recollection" of it.

As reported last Sunday, Oscar-nominated writer-director James Toback has been accused by a number of women of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Blair's harrowing first encounter with Toback reportedly included him questioning her confidence, offering to have her father killed, asking her to undress to practice a monologue, and later, threatening to kidnap and kill her if she spoke of what transpired.

Having just wrapped Cruel Intentions, Selma recalls meeting the director in his hotel bedroom to discuss a role in Havard Man, telling the publication that Toback coerced her into undressing in an effort to prove her "trust" for him. "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 vehicle, kidnap her, and throw her in the Hudson River with cement blocks on her feet".

When she arrived, she said Toback had books and magazines arranged on the floor, where he asked her to sit. She did, saying she felt extremely insecure and embarrassed. While waiting for him, a hostess approached Blair and told her Toback would not be coming down but that he had requested she join him in his hotel room.

McAdams ended her statement to Vanity Fair with a call to action. "Eventually, I just excused myself".

Blair said she protested, noting that he character was an attorney in a courtroom, but upon Toback's insistence she removed her sweater. He said, 'You have to do this for me.

McAdams says Toback asked her how far she was willing to go for her career and later went to the bathroom and came out bragging about how he'd just masturbated while thinking about her in the room. "Will you show me your pubic hair?' I said no", she tells Vanity Fair.

"I really believed that when he started to talk...that he was going to be my mentor", she told Vanity Fair.

As she went to leave, she claims he began rubbing his genitals through his trousers and asked her to have sex with him, telling her, "You have to do this for me".

After explaining what happened to her agent, McAdams said she discovered that another of the agent's clients went through the same thing with Toback.

She did, and the audition went well - so well, in fact, that Toback allegedly asked her to meet with him in his hotel room that same night to "workshop". She claims she initially protested, but ultimately gave in at his insistence.

At one point, Blair claimed, Toback began rubbing his penis through his trousers before asking her, "Would you f**k me?" "We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is, and what a deep-seated problem this is".

"I just kept trying to normalize it - thinking, 'This has to be some weird acting exercise". He pulled out the script and said, "I look at you, and I see that we have a real connection".

One of those women is Rachel McAdams. "And hopefully we never slip back into this darkness again".

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