Vastavam web:Oscar-nominated Hollywood film-maker James Toback has been accused by nearly 40 women of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles Times said 31 of the women had spoken on the record about their experiences, which span the last 30 years. Toback has denied the allegations and said he had never met any of the women in question or, if he did, it was for five minutes and have no recollection". The writer and director was nominated for best screenplay for 1991 Bugsy. The mobster film starred Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. He has also directed Robert Downey Jr in three films, including Black and White and The Pick-Up Artist. His latest film, The Private Life of a Modern Woman, premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month and stars Sienna Miller. The women interviewed by the LA Times have accused Toback, 72, of misbehaving in front of them, rubbing himself up against them, asking inappropriate questions of a sexual nature and asking them to perform sexual acts.