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Brett Ratner sues rape accuser

Moviemaker Brett Ratner 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 tells TMZ Kohler said she met the director at a club in Los Angeles and 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.
Six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Oliva Munn, have claimed Ratner sexually harassed or assaulted them as part of a Los Angeles Times expose, published earlier this week (beg30Oct17).
The embattled director and producer has denied the allegations, but Warner Bros’ executives have stalled the production of his Hugh Hefner biopic while they investigate.
Meanwhile, Ratner has decided to “step away” from his Warner Bros. projects in the wake of the allegations.
In a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter, he writes: “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.”

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