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Patty Jenkins ‘distressed’ by Brett Ratner allegations days after handing him award

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has been left “extremely distressed” by allegations of sexual harassment levelled at Brett Ratner, days after she presented him with a major award in Israel.
Jenkins handed the disgraced producer with the Tree of Life Award over the weekend, while Los Angeles Times editors were planning to publish a damning expose about the filmmaker.
Six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn, have come forward with sexual harassment claims Ratner has denied through his lawyer, Marty Singer.
“I am extremely distressed to read these terrible allegations against Brett Ratner,” Patty writes in a statement. “I have never witnessed nor been aware of anything that is now being described.
“To be very clear, I am not OK with this kind of behaviour. Sexual harassment and assault are NEVER okay and I stand with a defend all the men and women who are revealing these horrific encounters all over this industry and this world.
“I hope their disclosures bring about real change for all of us, and I am deeply grateful to them for their bravery.”
Jenkins stepped in at the last minute to give Ratner his award after her Wonder Woman leading lady Gal Gadot was forced to pull out of the Jewish National Fund gala due to a scheduling conflict.
At the time she was happy to step in as Ratner funded her thesis film, explaining Steven Spielberg had done the same for him.

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