It’s taken the “Weinstein effect” for decades of alleged sexual harassment to catch up to the director.
“If you print this piece, I promise it will be the single thing you regret most in your life.”
That was what director James Toback told the satirical magazine Spy when it ran an article detailing his alleged history of harassing women in 1989. Written under the pen name Vincenza Demetz, the piece collected 13 stories of women who said that Toback attempted to pick them up, in all sorts of locations — typically by flashing his Directors Guild card and promising he could get them a part in a movie.
Now, following the allegations of rape and harassment perpetrated Harvey Weinstein, the LA Times has published the accounts of 38 women alleging years of sexual harassment from Toback, ranging from the pickup attempts described in Spy magazine to licking his co-workers or masturbating in front of them without their consent. The number of women who have come forward with stories of sexual misconduct by the director is by now north of 300.
But “Vincenza Demetz” had the story 28 years ago. Why didn’t Toback face any consequences back then?
To find out more, I spoke to the two women who broke the Toback story under the Demetz pen name. Bonnie Bertram and Julie V. Iovine were young writers in New York City at the time — Bertram was a junior editor at the movie magazine Premiere, and Iovine was a freelance writer. They met through professional circles and discovered they had both been targets of Toback’s behavior.
That’s when they decided to write the article, titled “The Pickup Artist’s Guide to Picking Up Women: A Case-by-Case Look at Movie Director James Toback’s Street Technique.” “There was no mechanism Read More Here