Brett Ratner sues rape accuser
GC Images/SMXRF/Star Max(LOS ANGELES) — Through his attorney, filmmaker Brett Ratner has filed suit against an actress who claims he raped her.
According to TMZ, Ratner’s lawyer alleges Melanie Kohler said she had met the director and powerhouse producer at an L.A. club in either 2004 or 2005, and that he then took her to the home of fellow producer Robert Evans, where Ratner “forced her” to have sex. She claimed Ratner “preyed on me as a drunk girl [and] forced himself upon me.”
Kohler reportedly posted about it online on October 20, TMZ reports, but under threat of lawsuit, she took the post down. However, she, “recently started putting the same story out in various ways,” TMZ says.
Recently six actresses, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, told the Los Angeles Timesthat Ratner was sexually inappropriate — and worse — with them. Munn claims that as an aspiring actress she was forced to witness him pleasuring himself, while Henstridge claims he “physically forced himself” on her for oral sex.
In a statement to ABC News, Ratner’s lawyer “vehemently” denied the “outrageous derogatory allegations” against his client. Kohler was not one of these accusers.
The lawsuit against her is claiming defamation and asking for unspecified damages, noting, “Plaintiff Brett Ratner …demands a jury trial” to clear his name.
Meanwhile, the accusations against Ratner — who is one of the owners of Rat-Pac Dune Entertainment, which finances Warner Bros. movies like It and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — have taken a career toll.
Warner Bros. now says it’s reviewing the accusations against the filmmaker, putting on hold a long-in-development Hugh Hefner biopic Ratner was to produce and direct.
For his part, Ratner released a statement regarding his relationship with the studio, noting, “I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”
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