Director Brett Ratner accused of sexual harassment
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Hollywood film director Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by six actresses who say Ratner exhibited a range of sexual misconduct both in public and in private settings dating back two decades.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed six actresses who worked with Ratner who describe the "Rush Hour" franchise director as an aggressive predator who abused his power over women for sex.

“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” actress Natasha Henstridge said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”


In an interview, "X-Men: Apocalypse" star and former "The Daily Show" correspondent Olivia Munn told the newspaper that Ratner masturbated in front of her while she was an aspiring actress and went to deliver a meal to his trailer. Munn wrote about the incident without naming Ratner in 2010 in a series of essays.

"He walked out ... with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other. And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated," Munn said.

"It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won't quit," Munn told the newspaper, adding she "made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner."

Another actress, Katharine Towne, described repeated unwanted advances from Ratner.

“He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,” Towne said. “I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door."

Ratner denied the women's claims in a 10-page letter to the newspaper written by his attorney, Martin Singer. The letter noted that Ratner has not been sued for harassment or misconduct, nor has he made any settlements.

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