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Brett Ratner helps raise money for lesbian mayor candidate's campaign

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Jun 30, 2013 | 6:26pm EDT

Director Brett Ratner is making amends with the gay community following his 2011 homophobic slur scandal by helping to raise over $25,000 (£16,129) for lesbian Christine Quinn's New York City mayoral campaign. The moviemaker stepped down as the producer of the 2012 Oscars after he admitted he never allowed actors to practice on set because rehearsals were for "fags", causing a major backlash from gay rights groups. Ratner apologised by shooting a public service announcement for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and now he has thrown his support behind Speaker of the New York City Council Quinn, who is hoping to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he retires at the end of his current term. The Rush Hour director raised $28,400 (£18,322) in campaign donations from his Hollywood friends, including Rob Reiner and Tom Hanks, and Quinn insists his efforts have gone a long way in helping the gay community forgive the star for his past mistakes. She tells the New York Post, "What Brett Ratner said when he was preparing for the Academy Awards was completely unacceptable. (But) he went about fixing it and making it better and making sure he never does that again. He didn't just talk the talk of an apology, he walked the walk of an apology... He made amends in a public and real way and has turned a mistake around into something that has become positive in moving forward."

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