Executives at Warner Bros. are investigating disturbing sexual harassment allegations against filmmaker Brett Ratner.
The Rush Hour director, who is a partner in the movie studio’s RatPac production house, has been hit with a string of claims in a new Los Angeles Times expose.
Actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn are among the six women who have gone public with sexual harassment and assault allegations against Ratner, and Warner Bros. bosses are taking their claims very seriously.
A studio spokesman says, “We are aware of the allegations in the LA Times and are reviewing the situation.”
Species actress Henstridge alleges she fell asleep while watching a movie with friends at Ratner’s apartment, and when she woke up, everybody else had left. When she got up to leave, she claims he blocked the doorway and began touching himself and made her perform a sex act.
Olivia previously detailed her encounter with Ratner in her 2010 memoir, Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, although she didn’t name the director. Ratner later denied her claims, but said in an interview that he had “banged her”, something he later admitted was a lie.
Munn claimed the rude incident occurred while she was an aspiring actress in 2004, when she delivered a meal to his trailer on the set of After the Sunset and he masturbated in front of her.
Ratner has “categorically” denied the women’s accounts via his lawyer Martin Singer, who wrote: “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment…”
Ratner becomes the latest Hollywood power player hit by allegations of harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, which broke a month ago.
Weinstein, who was accused of decades of inappropriate behavior with young actresses, was forced to step down from the board of his production firm The Weinstein Company. He is reportedly seeking treatment for psychological issues.
Director James Toback was also exposed as an alleged serial harasser in a Los Angeles Times piece, and this week (begs30Oct17), actors Jeremy Piven and Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual misconduct, too.