Women Accuse Brett Ratner of Sex Harassment

Sheri Evans
November 1, 2017

Actress and former model Natasha Henstridge, known for her roles in The Whole Nine Yards and Eli Stone, accused Ratner of forcing her to perform oral sex on him decades earlier-when she was 19 years old and he was starting out in the entertainment industry.

"He strong-armed me in a real way. At some point, I gave in and he did his thing", she told the paper.

However, Singer "categorically" denied all the women's allegations in a detailed statement on behalf of Ratner to the Los Angeles Times.

A half dozen women, including some well-known actresses, have accused Hollywood director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct. "Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client", Singer wrote to The Times.

The LA Times told the stories of six women, each of them incredibly troubling, who are joining the ranks of Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Anthony Rapp (among so many others) with their admissions. Check back for updates. And Katharine Towne, daughter of Chinatown writer Robert Towne, said that Ratner once blocked her exit from a bathroom at a party and propositioned her for sex.

While waiting for filming to begin one day, Ratner approached her, ran his index finger down her bare stomach and asked if she wanted to go into a bathroom with him. The Los Angeles Times article, in which six women detail their claims against Ratner, "is what we've all been waiting for", tweeted actress Asia Argento. She accuses Piven of grabbing her breasts and other areas in his trailer.

Ratner's next planned project as a director is a biography of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, starring Jared Leto. "But trying to focus on the work, I just felt sick", she said.

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Famed actress and author Olivia Munn says that one of her first experiences in Hollywood was walking into Ratner's trailer to deliver food.

Ratner wields a fair amount of power in Hollywood, as not only the director of several awful but financially successful films, but the producer of many, many more (including The Revenant, Black Mass, Rules Don't Apply, and Horrible Bosses, in which Jennifer Aniston plays a woman who sexually harasses her male employee, hahahaha).

Singer, working on behalf of Ratner, denied all the allegations made against him.

She said that persistent false rumors that they had been intimate have infuriated her, prompting her to talk to The Times in support of other women who are "brave enough to speak up".

Henstridge told the Times of an event in the 1990s.

Ratner now has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. but is also a partner in the RatPac-Dune Entertainment financing deal.

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