Inspired by the #MeToo movement, six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood director Brett Ratner.
Speaking with The Los Angeles Time, Henstridge said that when she was assaulted by Ratner in the early 1990s, when she was 19 and working as a fashion model. The incident, she said, took place after she had fallen asleep at his apartment while watching TV with friends. After she woke up, she realized her friends had left and that she was alone with Ratner. But when she tried to leave, she alleged, he physically blocked the doorway and began touching himself, before forcing her to perform oral sex on him.
“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” said Henstridge. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
Some years later, Ratner was directing After the Sunset when then-aspiring actress Olivia Munn was asked to deliver a meal to his trailer. She had been assured that the trailer would be empty, but as she put the food on the table Ratner emerged and insisted that she stay.
“He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,” Munn recalled. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.”
Munn said she screamed, fled the trailer, and told the man who asked her to deliver the food about what had happened. The man apologized for what happened, she said, but he wasn’t surprised. Munn added that she called a lawyer, but was advised that it would hurt her career if she tried to report it. Munn described the incident later in a memoir, leaving out Ratner’s name, but Ratner identified himself as the man in the story in a 2011 appearance on Attack of the Show, a program Munn had once co-hosted. He denied masturbating in front of her, and instead claimed that he “used to date” her and “banged her a few times” before he “forgot her.” A few days later, he admitted that he lied about sleeping with Munn in an appearance on The Howard Stern Show.
Munn has said any purported relationship with Ratner is “a complete lie,” adding that she had “made specific, conscientious choices” so as to never work with him in Hollywood. But Ratner’s lawyer, Martin Singer, told the Times that Munn and Ratner had “an intimate relationship,” adding that “no woman has ever made a claim against [Ratner] for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.”
Speaking with the Times, women who worked as extras on Ratner’s movies shared disturbing incidents of harassment by the director, and other actresses accused him of harassing them in public and in private — including on an airplane and in the women’s bathroom.
Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.