Julianne Moore Recounts James Toback Harassment

Julianne Moore has come forward with allegations against screenwriter and director James Toback, who was recently accused of sexual harassment in the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

On Tuesday morning, Moore shared her experiences with Toback on Twitter, saying he tried to use the same tactics on her twice within a one-month span, causing her to ask him whether he remembered propositioning her before.

James Toback approached me in the ’80s on Columbus Ave. with the same language — wanted me to audition, come to his apt.,” she wrote. “I refused. One month later he did it again with the EXACT same language. I said don’t u remember u did this before?”

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published an expose by Glenn Whipp detailing accounts stemming back to the 1980s of 38 women who have accused Toback of making lewd suggestions, engaging in sexually explicit conversation, and in the worst instances, rubbing against them until he ejaculated into his pants or on their bodies. According to the article, Toback would lure in aspiring actresses by saying that he was a film director. He would then masturbate in front of them, claiming that he needed to see how the actresses handled sexual situations or, according to writer Sari Kamin, he would say the best way to connect with someone is to look into their eyes while experiencing an orgasm.

More than 200 other women, including Natalie Morales and Beth Stern, have since spoken out about being harassed by Toback.

Toback, who has publicly supported the women speaking out against Weinstein, has denied Kamin’s allegations, claiming that he has never met her and that he is “not even close to having Alzheimer’s, and I don’t have trouble remembering things in great detail.”

“It is a person not only not in love with film and filmmaking, it is a person who has contempt for film and filmmaking,” Toback said. “The act of effectively selling a role for sexual favors could only be done by someone with no regard whatsoever of the quality of his work. It is hard enough to create good work when exercising the highest and strictest standards in casting and other aspects of directing. It would be impossible — in addition to morally despicable — even to be toying around with the notion of selling roles, whether for sex, money, amusement, depravity, or anything else other than demonstrated talent.”

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