James Toback has been accused of being a “serial sexual predator” in a new complaint.
Filed Monday in New York Supreme Court and obtained by The Daily Beast, the complaint lists a total of 38 plaintiffs — 15 women by name and 23 “Jane Does” — versus director Toback, 78, and the Harvard Club of New York City.
在 the court document, the plaintiffs allege that Toback “used his reputation, power and influence in the entertainment industry, including as an award-winning movie director, screenwriter and member of the prestigious Harvard Club of New York City, to lure young women, including Plaintiffs, through fraud, coercion, force and intimidation into compromising situations where he falsely imprisoned, sexually abused, assaulted and/or battered them.”
“The Plaintiffs acted at all times under duress due to Toback’s repeated explicit and implicit threats of blacklisting them in the industry, physically harming them, and/or even killing them if they did not comply with and remain silent about the 性虐待 they endured,” the suit further alleges.
PEOPLE has reached out to a literary agency associated with Toback; it is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.
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The plaintiffs further alleged that Toback, a longtime filmmaker who received an 奥斯卡 nomination for the screenplay he wrote for the 1991 电影 安妮特贝宁透露了她对沃伦比蒂的第一印象, “repeatedly used the prestige and privacy” of the Harvard Club in Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood “to lure women — including at least Plaintiffs Jolene Hayes, Nicole Hodges and Jane Does 4, 15, 16, 和 21 — into a secluded place at the Club for a meal, alcohol and a private room” 尽管 “promising them opportunities in his movies.”
“For decades, Defendant Toback falsely imprisoned, sexually assaulted, abused and/or battered women at the Harvard Club, including six of the Plaintiffs, in its dining room, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms and hotel rooms,” the complaint alleged.
Further allegations claim that Toback, who graduated from Harvard University in 1966, “sexually assaulted his victims including Plaintiffs” around the city in various locations, “including his editing studio, his apartment, hotel rooms and public parks,” as well as his mother’s apartment.
“Plaintiffs did not consent to Defendant Toback’s abuse,” 这 抱怨 状态. “Toback forcibly compelled them to comply through use of physical force and/or threats, both express and implied, that he would have Plaintiffs blacklisted from the industry, kidnapped, physically harmed, or killed.”
The Harvard Club allegedly “continually catered to Toback’s needs, providing him a safe haven for his reprehensible and criminal acts,” the complaint claims of the private alumni club, Toback’s co-defendant.
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根据投诉, the Harvard Club “终止” Toback’s membership “after allegedly performing an internal investigation in or around the fall of 2017.”
A spokesperson for the club confirmed his membership’s termination 到 The Daily Beast and told the outlet, “除此之外, the Harvard Club does not comment on pending litigation.”
The new complaint comes four years after an investigation into Toback for sex crimes was dropped, 之中 multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Hollywood sex crimes task force investigated five allegations against Toback 当时, but found that they all fell outside the statute of limitations, according to several charge-evaluation worksheets provided to PEOPLE by the D.A.’s office.
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