How 'Avengers' Directors Helped Selma Blair Speak Out Against James Toback

The actress credits James Gunn and Scott Derrickson with being the "most comforting" as she weighed the decision of whether to share her claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted her in 1999.
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When Selma Blair weighed the decision of whether to share her claims that filmmaker James Toback sexually assaulted her in 1999, she received support from Rachel McAdams, Jessica Chastain and two others.

"Really, it was two men who were the most comforting to me in saying, 'You'll be safe, you'll be OK,'" Blair tells THR. "That was [Guardians of the Galaxy director] James Gunn and [Doctor Strange writer-helmer] Scott Derrickson. They reached out and said how important it was to be on this side of history." (Gunn praised Blair on Facebook in October, calling her "a hero," adding that he knew she in no way "WANTED to have to come forward with this story, but she still did it. Most of these women (and, yes, some men) have nothing to gain by telling their stories ... They do it for ... the sake of others, the future …")

Not only did Blair share her story in Vanity Fair with the mag's Krista Smith, she went on The Talk for an episode that aired Jan. 17 in which she alleged that Toback "threatened to murder me and put cement shoes on [me] and gouge my eyes out with a Bic pen if I ever told anybody." After coming forward, Blair says it means the world to her to see the movement taking place. "The women have taken it so far, but it's been men too who have been supportive and I have felt that. I'm really in admiration of women and men."

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.