Brett Ratner accused of harassment as Hollywood scandal
Send a link to a friend
[November 02, 2017]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Six
women have accused "Rush Hour" filmmaker Brett Ratner of
sexual harassment or misconduct, according to a report
in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, in a widening
scandal over alleged sexual misdeeds in Hollywood's
Ratner's attorney strongly denied what he
called the "outrageous, derogatory allegations."
"We are confident that his (Ratner's) name will be cleared once
the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively
evaluate the nature of these claims," attorney Martin Singer
said in a statement received by Reuters after the Los Angeles
Times story was published.
"He understands the seriousness of this issue and the importance
of addressing the concerns of victims of sexual misconduct both
in the entertainment industry and beyond," he said.
Reuters could not independently confirm the claims by the women,
which include on the record accounts by actresses Olivia Munn,
star of "X-Men: Apocalypse," and Natasha Henstridge.
Ratner, 48, is one of Hollywood's most successful directors and
producers whose films include "X-Men: The Last Stand" and
His production company has a co-financing agreement with movie
studio Warner Bros (TWX.N>. Ratner said in a statement emailed
to Reuters by his legal team on Wednesday that he would step
away from all projects with the studio.
"In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to
personally step away from all Warner Bros-related activities. I
donít want to have any possible negative impact to the studio
until these personal issues are resolved," he said in the
Warner Bros spokesman Jack Horner said in an email to Reuters on
Wednesday, "We are aware of the allegations in the LA Times and
are reviewing the situation."
[to top of second column]
Ratner is also working with Playboy Enterprises to direct a film
about the late founder Hugh Hefner, and the company said in a
statement it was "deeply troubled" by the allegations against him.
The statement added that Playboy was putting all projects with
Ratner's company on hold to "review the situation further."
Singer told the Los Angeles Times that over two decades no woman had
ever made a claim against Ratner for sexual misconduct or sexual
harassment and none had requested or received any financial
settlement from the director.
The women alleged that Ratner had either masturbated in front of
them, described sex acts, or made unwanted sexual advances in
incidents dating back to the early 1990s on movie sets, private
homes, or at industry events.
Ratner is the latest famous name in the entertainment business to be
accused of widespread sexual misconduct in the past month.
More than 50 women have made sexual harassment or assault claims
against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.Actor Kevin Spacey has
been accused of making sexual advances to a then 14-year-old Anthony
Rapp in 1986.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Clive McKeef)
[© 2017 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2017 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.