Blair speaks out: ‘You have to pinch my nipples’
WARNING: Graphic content
SELMA Blair and Rachel McAdams are opening up about being sexually harassed by Oscar-nominated director James Toback.
Blair, 45, first came forward in the Los Angeles Times report that brought the allegations against Toback, 72, to light, but she only agreed under anonymity. Talking to Vanity Fair, Blair and McAdams detailed their harrowing experiences.
Blair's incident took place in 1999, when her representatives scheduled a meeting with Toback to discuss a role in his new movie Harvard Man. Her reps said Toback would only meet in his hotel room, despite Blair's insistence that they meet at the hotel restaurant.
"Against my better judgment, I went upstairs. I was rattled, and looking back, I don't think James Toback ever planned to come down to the restaurant," she explained.
Toback allegedly noted that Blair could be an "incredible actress" but said she had no "confidence". He then asked her where her parents lived, and even allegedly threatened to have her father - from whom she was estranged - killed.
"I do it all the time," Blair recalled Toback saying. "I know people."
He proceeded to ask her to practice a monologue naked so that he could "train" her. He told her she "needed a lot of work". Then Toback allegedly started rubbing his penis and asked Blair, "Would you f**k me?"
Blair refused to have sex with him, knowing he was married and also, in his words, had another girlfriend who couldn't "get enough sex".
"He said, 'It's OK. 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 Toback telling her. "I thought, 'Well, if I can get out of here without being raped'…'"
After it was over, Toback ended the meeting by threatening to kill her if she ever came forward with what he did to her. Blair told her boyfriend but told him not to tell anyone. She admitted not telling the truth sooner because she was scared for her life.
McAdams was 21 when her incident occurred, which also involved a role in Harvard Man. Like Blair, McAdams was told to meet Toback in his hotel room. Uncomfortable but excited about the role, McAdams obliged.
"You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition," McAdams recalled Toback telling her upon her arrival.
He then allegedly asked her to read multiple reviews of his films until he eventually excused himself for the bathroom.
"I kept thinking, 'When are we getting to the rehearsal part?' Then he went to the bathroom and left me with some literature to read about him," McAdams recalled. "When he came back he said, 'I just jerked off in the bathroom thinking about you. Will you show me your pubic hair?' I said no."
McAdams, now 38, left and the next day called her agent, who apparently knew of Toback's reputation.
"She was very sorry. But she also said, 'I can't believe he did it again. This isn't the first time that this has happened. He did this the last time that he was in town. He did this to one of my other actresses.' That is when I got mad, because I felt like I was kind of thrown into the lion's den and given no warning that he was a predator," McAdams recalled.
This article was originally published on The New York Post