AceShowbiz - Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are the victims of director/writer James Toback's sexual harassment. Blair was among the 38 women who exposed Toback's misconduct. She initially kept her name secret, but now she along with fellow actress McAdams decides to go on the record.
Blair tells Vanity Fair that she met Toback during her early career. The filmmaker set up an audition in his hotel room. He told her to take off her clothes and do her monologue naked. When she objected, he insisted, "I need to see how your body moves. How comfortable you are with your body. This is where I start training you."
He allegedly also asked to "f**k" her, but she refused. "I felt trapped. I did not know how to get out and save face and not make a scene. Was I imagining it? He dropped some names [of actresses] that he did some really dark sexual things with. These felt like lies and dark gossip and that he would add my name to the list. I went to leave and he got up and blocked the door," she recalled.
He then dry-humped her while she was forced to look into his eyes. "I tried to look away, but he would hold my face," she said. After he finished, he threatened her, "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?" He allegedly also threatened her family.
Just like Blair, McAdams met Toback in his hotel room. He approached her in the guise of looking for a new talent to star in his movie "Harvard Man" which eventually starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. The meeting quickly turned sexual. "I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition," he said.
At one point, Toback went to the bathroom and when he came back, he told McAdams that he "jerked off" thinking about her. "Will you show me your pubic hair?" he asked. She refused and quickly left. She said, "I was very lucky that I left and he didn't actually physically assault me in any way," but the meeting left her feeling ashamed.