Hollywood was rocked by the scandalous sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein and now six actresses have come forward accusing director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Ratner has directed and produced a number of big flicks and TV shows in the past including Rush Hour, Horrible Bosses,Prison Break andEntourage.
The Los Angeles Times published the exposé on Wednesday detailing the accounts of six Hollywood actresses encounters of sexual misconduct or harassment with Ratner.
Deception actress Natasha Henstridge, 43, claims the director “forced himself” on her when she was just 19.
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The actress had been hanging out with friends in his New York City apartment and fell asleep on his couch.
“He strong-armed me in a real way,” she told the publication. “He physically forced himself on me. At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
Olivia Munn has also come forward with her own account of sexual misconduct from Ratner.
In 2004, while she was still an aspiring actress, Olivia had delivered food to the set of Ratner’s movie After the Sunset, the director allegedly masturbated in front of her as she dropped off his meal.
“I’ve made specific, conscientious choice not to work with Brett Ratner,” the 37-year-old told the outlet.
The actress previously wrote about the incident in her book Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek without naming Ratner, although he claimed he was the unnamed director on a TV show a year on and that he had “banged” her.
He later retracted his claims of any sexual relations with the actress.
Jaime Ray Newman told the outlet when she met Ratner on a flight back in 2005 he started to describe sexual acts he wanted to do to the actress.
“He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” the 39-year-old said.
What Lies Beneath actress Katharine Towne also claims the director came on to her “in a way that was so extreme” by following her into the bathroom back in 2005.
Two extras in Rush Hour 2, Eri Sasaki and Jorina King, also told the outlet about receiving unwarranted sexual advancements from Ratner.
“I figured if I could stay out of his eyesight,” Jorina detailed, “if I could stay away from him, he will forget about me and he will choose someone else, and that is exactly what happened.”
Martin Singer, Ratner’s attorney, has “categorically” denied the claims on behalf of the 48-year-old director.
“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Entourage actor Jeremy Piven has been accused of sexually assaulting an actress on the set of the HBO show this week.
The hit series has was produced by Ratner.
Ratner is also the former business partner of Australian casino mogul James Packer. The pair founded production company RatPac together, but the Aussie businessman recently sold his stake in the business.
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