Published Nov 01, 2017Harvey Weinstein's ongoing scandal has opened the floodgates for people in Hollywood to speak out against the sexual misconduct of men in power. Up next, producer and director Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by six women.
In a new piece from the Los Angeles Times, six women have come forward to share their stories about Ratner's inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.
In the piece, Natasha Henstridge — an actress and model — detailed an account in the early '90s when Ratner allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him when she was just 19. "He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me," she said. "At some point, I gave in and he did his thing."
Actor Olivia Munn also told a story of an incident where she delivered an onset meal to Ratner as a favour in 2004, when she was still an aspiring actress. Munn was told that Ratner wouldn't be in his trailer, but when she arrived, he was there.
She said Ratner begged her not to leave, at which point he started masturbating. "He walked out... with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other," she said. "And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated."
At the time of the incident, Munn discussed the situation with a lawyer, who told her that her case would likely be dismissed, as she was a new actress going up against a powerhouse director. She then said Ratner continued to make inappropriate comments toward her and tell people they had slept together in years to come.
Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Eri Sasaki and Jorina King are among the other women who detailed graphic, sexually-charged language that Ratner used to try to sleep with them while they were working on his films.
Through a lawyer, Ratner denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Read the full piece here.