'I refused,' the Oscar-winning actresses wrote of her alleged interactions with the director, who has been accused of sexual misconduct
Julianne Moore has added her voice to the growing chorus of women speaking out against filmmaker James Toback.
After the Los Angeles Times‘ Glenn Whipp published a story Sunday in which 38 women came forward to accuse the Bugsy screenwriter of sexual harassment, Moore shared her alleged experience with Toback in a two-part tweet Tuesday morning.
“James Toback approached me in the 80’s on Columbus Ave with the same language – wanted me to audition, come to his apt,” she tweeted at Whipp, seemingly referencing the accusers’ claims that Toback introduced himself as a movie director before asking his alleged targets if they’d ever seen his projects. “I refused. One month later he did it again with the EXACT same language. I said don’t u remember u did this before?”
Following the publication of the original Toback story, Whipp has since claimed an additional 200 women have come forward to share accounts of similar interactions with Toback, who told the Times he’d never met the women speaking out against him, and if he did, it “was for five minutes and [I] have no recollection.” Toback also claimed that for over two decades, it was “biologically impossible” for him to engage in sexual behavior as a result of diabetes and a heart condition.
“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done,'” Adrienne LaValley told the publication, recollecting a 2008 interaction with Toback in a hotel room, one she claims ended with him attempting to rub his crotch against her leg before ejaculating in his pants. “I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends. And I deserved not to tell anyone.”
The Toback exposé broke just under three weeks after an Oct. 5 New York Times investigative report revealed film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct in the industry throughout his career with Miramax and The Weinstein Co.
Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lupita Nyong’o contributed personal stories about Weinstein’s behavior following the article’s publication.
Moore was set to star in a Weinstein Co.-produced, David O. Russell-directed television series for Amazon, though the streaming service pulled the plug on the program in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.