Veteran Hollywood director and producer, Brett Ratner, became the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual harassment. The accusation, made on Wednesday, was the next in a long list that includes actors Dustin Hoffman, and Kevin Spacey.
Ratner was accused of sexual misconduct by six women. The list includes popular Hollywood actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. The allegation range from sexual assault to harassment.
The alleged assaults have taken place at private homes, industry events, and movie sets.
In a statement made through his attorney, Martin Singer, Ratner categorically denied all charges. Singer stated that Ratner “vehemently” denied the “outrageous, derogatory allegations” made against him.
He added that he was “confident” that Ratner’s name would be “cleared” in court. The attorney also stated that his client understood the “seriousness” of the issue and supported the victims of sexual misconduct.
The claims, however, remain strong. Natasha Henstridge declared that Ratner forced himself on her at a New York apartment when she was 19.
Actress, Olivia Munn, narrated a similar story. She said that Ratner masturbated before her when she visited the sets of “After the Sunset”. The movie was shot in 2004, and was directed by Ratner. Munn had previously recounted the story in her 2019 book, “Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek”.
However, she did not name any particular person in connection to the incident until recently.
In the past, Ratner has made confusing attempts at bad mouthing Munn. He earlier stated that they had a romantic relationship before retracting his statement within a week.
Munn stated that she had made “specific, conscientious choices” not to work with the director.
A representative of both actresses confirmed the accuracy of their accounts.
Ratner’s name has been connected with successful movies like X-men: The Last Stand, and the Rush Hour series.
However, now he is simply another notch on the bedpost that is the sordid Hollywood industry.