Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge whiskey line has been discontinued amid the sexual assault scandal hanging over the filmmaker.
Six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn, claimed Ratner sexually harassed or assaulted them as part of a Los Angeles Times expose, published last month (Oct17).
The embattled director and producer has denied the allegations, but bosses at Diageo have decided to sever their ties with Ratner regardless.
“Due to the nature of these allegations, The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey has been discontinued,” a Diageo spokesperson tells The Los Angeles Times.
Ratner launched the liquor line, named after his Beverly Hills, California home, last year (16).
In addition to the discontinued liquor line, Warner Bros. bosses have ended their relationship with the director and his production company RatPac Entertainment.
In a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter, Ratner wrote: “In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”
The moviemaker is fighting back against allegations he raped a woman in 2005 by suing her for defamation.
The Rush Hour director has filed suit against Melanie Kohler, who claimed he sexually assaulted her 12 years ago, in a Facebook post on 20 October (17).
Ratner’s lawyer recently told TMZ Kohler said she met the director at a club in Los Angeles and he took her back to movie mogul Robert Evans’ home, where he was living at the time, and she was forced to have sex.
The attorney threatened to sue if if she didn’t take the post down immediately. She did but reportedly found other ways to put out the story.