‘The lion’s den’

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams share horrific encounters with director James Toback

Actress Selma Blair (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are speaking out about sexual harassment they allegedly suffered at the hands of movie director James Toback, who has reportedly been accused by more than 300 women of sexual harassment. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Blair said that she met with Toback in 1999 about a role for his movie, Harvard Man. Blair had planned to meet him in the restaurant of his hotel, but Toback’s representatives told her that the director would only meet in his hotel room.

In the hotel room, Blair said that Toback asked her to practice a monologue naked so he could “train her,” and even began grinding his penis against her while asking, “Would you fuck me?” Blair refused, reminding him that he was married and, according to Toback, had another girlfriend who couldn’t “get enough sex.” But Toback wasn’t willing to take no for an answer.

“He said, ‘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 recalled. “I thought, ‘Well, if I can get out of here without being raped …”

Afterward, she said, Toback told her that if she told anyone about what happened, he would have her and her father killed.

“I do it all the time,” she said he declared. “I know people.”

Rachel McAdams at the Vanity Fair Oscars party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 28, 2016. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)

McAdams also told Vanity Fair about a similar incident in which she met Toback in his hotel room for a role in Harvard Man. She said that Toback told her he had “masturbated countless times” while thinking about her and then made her read reviews of his films while he went to the bathroom.

“When he came back,” McAdams recalled, “he said, ‘I just jerked off in the bathroom thinking about you. Will you show me your pubic hair?’ I said no.”

McAdams escaped the encounter unscathed, but said that she felt betrayed by her agent, who later told her that “he did this the last he was in town … to one of my other actresses.”

“I was kind of thrown into the lion’s den,” said McAdams, “and given no warning that he was a predator.”

Read the full story at Page Six and Vanity Fair.


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