Latino Director Brett Ratner Joins the List of Hollywood Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Assault


Cuban-American producer and director Brett Ratner is the latest Hollywood heavyweight to be accused of sexual assault.

Earlier this week, the L.A. Times published a piece about six women, Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Jorina King and model Eri Sasaki,  who accused the X-Man: The  Last Stand director of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior on set, at events and in private homes.

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Henstridge told the paper about a time in New York when she was 19 (Ratner was 20) and he forced her to perform oral sex. And Munn shared a story of an encounter with Ratner before she became famous. While visiting the set of After the Sunset, Munn delivered Ratner’s meal to his trailer and alleges that the power player masturbated in front of her.

In Munn’s book, Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, she wrote about the incident but didn’t name names. In the past, Ratner claimed that he dated the Ocean's 8 star and had “banged her a few times,” but later, during a Howard Stern interview, the hitmaker admitted that he had lied about having a romantic or sexual relationship with Munn.

A 10-page statement, released via Ratner’s attorney Martin Singer, said: "Brett Ratner vehemently denies the outrageous derogatory allegations that have been reported about him, and we are confident that his name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively evaluate the nature of these claims. "Ratner also said he has “chosen to step away from all Warner Bros. activities” in light of this controversy, but a source told the Hollywood Reporter that the studio broke it off.

Ratner is suing Hawaii scuba shop owner Melanie Kohler who accused him of raping her 12 years ago. She posted about the alleged rape on Facebook, claiming The Revenant filmmaker took advantage of her because she was a drunk girl. According to the Times, Kohler was contacted by Singer and removed the post because she was "scared."

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Ratner joins the list of few Hollywood types, including Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and James Toback who've recently made headlines because of past sexual misconduct. 

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