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LA Prosecutors Weighing Charges Against James Toback

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter has denied all the allegations against him

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are weighing criminal charges in five cases against writer and director James Toback.

Los Angeles County district attorney's office spokesman Greg Risling said Tuesday that prosecutors are reviewing two cases from the Los Angeles Police Department and three submitted by Beverly Hills police.

Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing "Bugsy," has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. Many of the women said Toback had promised them stardom and their meetings would end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or simulating sexual intercourse with them.

Toback has vehemently denied the allegations. He told the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the accusations, that he had either never met the accusers or had "no recollection." He added that for years it had been "biologically impossible" for him to perform the actions described by the women, due to his diabetes and heart condition he said required medication.

The cases are being reviewed by a task force District Attorney Jackie Lacey established to handle any criminal complaints arising from the Hollywood scandal.

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