'Grey's Anatomy's' Caterina Scorsone Claims James Toback Sexually Harassed Her

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In an Instagram post, the actress shared a personal essay she wrote as a teenager detailing her experiences with the director during an audition process.

Caterina Scorsone has joined the more than 300 women who have come forward with claims of sexual harassment against director James Toback.

Responding to a recent Rolling Stone interview with Toback, in which he denies all allegations, the Grey’s Anatomy star publicly called out the “predatory” director on her Instagram over the weekend.

"In response to James Toback’s crass denial in Rolling Stone, I feel I must corroborate the stories of these women," Scorsone wrote on her Instagram. "I want to be clear that the predatory director I wrote about in the article I posted a few days back, was James Toback. The article was written 17 years ago. Many industry people knew about it and encouraged me to stay silent. I didn’t, and it directly affected my career. I stand with all the women who were brave enough to tell their stories. I also stand with all the women who don’t feel that they can speak up, even now. Let’s shine light into all the darkest corners."

When she was a teenager, Scorscone penned an essay about her own personal experience with sexual harassment. In the essay, she wrote that she endured sexual advances from a “fairly prominent director” when auditioning to be cast in a feature film. A few days before commenting on the Rolling Stone piece, Scorsone shared her essay on Instagram, but didn't initially identify Toback as the director.

“He launched into a semantic lecture about the nature and definition of sex, orgasm and the universe," Scorsone wrote of her experience with Toback. "When this failed to convince me, he called my vocation into question." She further detailed, “He told me that I was repressed, and that, if I were a real actor like the half-dozen names he mentioned working with, I would be willing to trust him and just 'go there.'”

After rejecting his advances, Scorscone said she lost the role.

“After it was published, I quit the business in reaction to the veil of silence surrounding this issue,” the actress wrote on Instagram of her essay.

After finding support in “showrunners like Shonda Rhimes,” Scorscone felt safe to return to acting, for Rhimes was “an example of the good side of this industry.”

Apart from Scorsone, Rachel McAdams, Selma Blair and Julianne Moore have also publicly spoken out against Toback.

In his interview with Rolling Stone, Toback denied all allegations, calling them "pathetic lies." The director argued, “People read things … it's all, you know, me too, me too, me too, me too, me too. Anyway, it's too stupid to waste time on. It really is. It doesn't have anything to do with my life in any way. It never has. I work seriously with complete integrity. I never, never, never have offered a part to anyone who didn't deserve it, and I've never not delivered when I do offer a part. My word is better than a contract.”

While denying the allegations, Toback has since been dropped by his agent.

Scorsone plays neurosurgeon Dr. Amelia Shepherd, the sister of Patrick Dempsey's late Derek and sister-in-law to Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey, on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

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