Report: "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner accused of sexual misconduct

Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Getty Images for Jewish National Fund/Lester Cohen(LOS ANGELES) — Brett Ratner, the director of the Rush Hour film series and X-Men: The Last Stand, and co-founder of the production and finance company behind some of Hollywood’s biggest films, including recent hits The Revenant, Dunkirk and Wonder Woman, is the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual misconduct.

In a The Los Angeles Times feature article, six actresses, including X-Men: Apocalypse and The Newsroom star Olivia Munn, and Natasha Henstridge, who starred in the films Species and The Whole Nine Yards, accuse Ratner of making inappropriate advances towards them.

Munn’s accusations include a claim that in 2004, she was a guest on the set of the Rather-directed film After the Sunset. When she dropped off some food at Ratner’s trailer, Munn says, he pleasured himself in front of her. Munn wrote about the alleged incident, without naming Ratner, in her 2010 book Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek. In a TV appearance a year later, Rather revealed he was the one about whom Munn had written. He denied the claim he pleasured himself, but said he and Munn had dated and that he’d “[slept with] her a few times.”  In a radio interview days later, Ratner admitted he hadn’t slept with Munn.

“It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” Munn told The Los Angeles Times. “You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore.”

For her part, Hentsridge claims she and friends visited Ratner’s apartment in the early 1990s, when she was a 19-year-old and he a video director.  She fell asleep on his couch and when she awoke, Hentsridge claims, Ratner blocked the apartment exit and forced her to perform oral sex on him before he’d let her leave.

In a ten-page letter to The Los Angeles Times, Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, “categorically” denied all of the allegations. 

“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 states in part.  “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

Warner Bros., with whom Ratner’s RatPac-Dune Entertainment has a business partnership, said in a statement to ABC News: “We are aware of the allegations in the LA Times and are reviewing the situation.”

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