In a Lawsuit Filed by 38 Women, Director James Toback is Accused of Sexual Assault


More than a dozen women have filed a sexual abuse complaint against writer and director James Toback in New York.

The complaint, filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court on Monday, comes after New York State introduced a one-year window for anyone to file lawsuits over sexual assault accusations, even if they occurred decades ago, waiving statutes of limitations.

Accusations of sexual abuse by Toback dating back years arose in late 2017, initially reported by the Los Angeles Times as the #MeToo movement gained traction.

In 2018, Los Angeles prosecutors stated that the statutes of limitations had expired in five of the cases they investigated, and they declined to pursue Toback.

Toback’s attorneys or representatives were not available; he has disputed the claims leveled against him.

In the New York action, fifteen of the women are designated as plaintiffs, while another 23 are listed as Jane Does; in addition to Toback, the Harvard Club of New York City is included as a defendant, with several of the women alleging abuse there.

The club was sent an email asking for feedback.

Toback was nominated for an Oscar for writing “Bugsy” in 1991, and his Hollywood career has lasted more than 40 years.

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