Director Brett Ratner Slapped With Sex Assault Allegations From Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge
The "Rush Hour" director is the latest figure to be called out over what appears to be a widespread problem with sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
Actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge are making troubling allegations against big-budget director Brett Ratner.
Munn says that she was an aspiring actress in 2004 when she was sent to deliver a meal to Ratner in his trailer while he was directing the film, After the Sunset. She says what happened next forced her to flee his trailer.
"He walked out with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand” and he was touching himself inappropriately, Munn told the Los Angeles Times.
Ratner's lawyer Marty Singer says the Rush Hour director did nothing wrong and claims Ratner and Munn had "an intimate relationship." Munn claims that's “a complete lie.”
Natasha Henstridge, who starred in films like Species and Maximum Risk in the 90s, is also speaking out against Ratner, accusing the filmmaker of forcing her to perform oral sex on him when she was 19 years old.
"He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” she told the L.A. Times. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing."
Ratner's lawyer also disputes her account.
“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Singer said in a letter to the L.A. Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Two weeks ago, Ratner brushed off photographers in New York when they asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Ratner has a deal with Warner Brothers to finance as many 75 upcoming movies.
"We are aware of the allegations in the L.A. Times and are reviewing the situation," a Warner Bros. rep said.
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