Olivia Munn has blasted former Warner Bros. chief executive Kevin Tsujihara for not caring about sexual misconduct allegations.
It was revealed on Monday (18Mar19) that Tsujihara had quietly stepped down as chairman and chief executive of the film studio following allegations that he had an extramarital affair with actress Charlotte Kirk and helped her secure small roles in major studio projects.
Munn later weighed in on the news by sharing an article and accusing the studio executive of fostering a culture that did not take sexual misconduct seriously, as he had approved a deal with director/producer Brett Ratner despite him publicly lying about sleeping with her.
“Since #MeToo people often ask how the abuses were so prolific. It’s easy if the people at the top don’t care…” she tweeted. “In 2013, Tsujihara approved Brett Ratner’s very unorthodox $450m financing deal, just 2 yrs after he had to apologize for using homophobic slurs & lying about me.”
Munn first wrote about an unnamed director pleasuring himself in front of her on a movie set in her 2010 book, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek. In 2011, Ratner later dismissed rumours suggesting he was the mogul the star had been referring to but boasted in a TV interview that he had “banged her a few times”, claims she denied and he subsequently admitted weren’t true.
In an expose for The Los Angeles Times in 2017, Munn and several other women came forward to accuse Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct, with The Newsroom actress continuing to allege that he masturbated in front of her in 2004 while she was visiting the set of After the Sunset.
Ratner stepped down from “all Warner Bros.-related activities” as a result, but his deal was not terminated at the time, however, it was not renewed in April 2018.
“I wrote a book where I discussed him anonymously. A year later, (Ratner) named himself and went on to lie about me. A few days after that, he was on the Howard Stern show publicly apologising for lying, saying he was sorry. Yet, two years after that moment, he gets a $450 million licensing deal with Warner Bros,” she previously told Rogue magazine.