Blair recalls a meeting with Toback in 1999 when he was looking for an actress to star in his new film Harvard Man, and which the director insisted take place in his hotel room. Blair says Toback asked deeply personal questions and 40 minutes into the meeting told Blair to take off her clothes and perform a monologue naked under the guise of it being an “acting exercise.”
“I took off my sweater,” Blair says. “I was so private about my body. I do remember looking down at the script and seeing my bare chest and not being able to focus on anything but the words and my face being so hot and puffy and feeling so ashamed.”
Blair says Toback told her that she had an “Eastern European” body and that she needed “a lot of work and was “a mess.” When she started to tell him she was leaving, Blair says Toback insisted she keep talking to him and “started to rub his penis through his pants and asked, ‘Would you f— me?’ ”
Blair says she told him no repeatedly and began to feel “trapped.” Toback continued trying to coerce her, he listed other actresses he had slept with and told her she couldn’t leave until he had “a release.” Blair says she told him she would not touch him in any way and Toback said that was okay because he could get his “release” by rubbing against her leg, but she had to pinch his nipples and look him in the eyes. She says he sat her down on the bed, pressed hard against her leg and forced her to look at him while he masturbated.
After he finished, Blair says Toback told her a pointed story about a girl who wanted to speak out about against him and that he threatened to have her kidnapped and tossed in the Hudson River “with cement blocks on her feet” if she ever talked about what happened between them.
Blair says she agreed not to talk about it and left the room, telling only her boyfriend what happened and made him promise not to repeat it. “My career was just starting, and I was frightened,” she explains. “I thought I was going to be kidnapped if I told anybody.”
Later, Blair says her manager told her that Toback wanted to meet again. “I said, ‘That man is vile. And I never want to be in a room with him again. Do not send any girls or women to him.’ ”