The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday that six women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against filmmaker Brett Ratner, of “Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Revenant” and “Horrible Bosses" fame.
Olivia Munn said that while visiting the set of the 2004 Ratner-directed “After the Sunset” when she was still an aspiring actress, he masturbated in front of her in his trailer when she went to deliver a meal. Munn wrote about the incident in her 2010 collection of essays without naming Ratner.
For his part, Ratner had denied Munn's allegations, appearing on on “Attack of the Show" in 2011 saying the two had been romantically involved, only to tell radio host Howard Stern shortly after that he had lied:
Ratner identified himself as the unnamed director, but denied masturbating in front of her. “I used to date Olivia Munn, I will be honest with everybody here,” he said. “When she was ‘Lisa.’ That was the problem. She wasn’t Asian back then.” Days later, he went on the Howard Stern show and admitted he never slept with Munn and expressed contrition for making her look like “a whore.”
Other women who came forward with their stories include:
- Natasha Henstridge - "She was alone with Ratner. She got up to leave, Henstridge said, but he blocked the doorway with his body and wouldn’t budge. He began touching himself, she said, then forced her to perform oral sex. "
- Jaime Ray Newman - "Within five minutes of the plane taking off, she said, Ratner began loudly describing sex acts he wanted to perform on her in explicit detail. He also showed her nude photos of his then-girlfriend, said Newman, 39, who stars on Netflix’s forthcoming “The Punisher.”
- Katharine Towne - “'He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,' said Towne, 39, whose credits include the film 'What Lies Beneath.' The actress, who is the daughter of 'Chinatown' screenwriter Robert Towne, excused herself. Ratner followed her into a bathroom." “I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door,” Towne said.
- Eri Sasaki - "While waiting for filming to begin one day, Ratner approached her, ran his index finger down her bare stomach and asked if she wanted to go into a bathroom with him. When she said no, she recalled Ratner saying, 'Don't you want to be famous?'"
- Jorina King - "On the first day of shooting, King said, Ratner plucked her from a crowd of female extras and said he later wanted to discuss giving her a speaking part. The next day, he asked her to come to his trailer and told her he needed to see her breasts, she said. King said she rejected his request and hid in a restroom."
Ratner denies all accusations
Martin Singer, Ratner's attorney, has denied the veracity of all six women's stories.
“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 said in a 10-page letter to The Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”