Six women, including actress Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Newsroom) are accusing producer/director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct in a new Los Angeles Times story published Wednesday.
Ratner, 48, is known for directing the Rush Hourfranchise as well as 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011's Tower Heist. He also produced The Revenant (2015), for which Leonardo DiCaprio won an Academy Award, in addition to Horrible Bosses and the TV series Prison Break.
The story casts Ratner's "bad-boy image" in a different light, alleging that Ratner forced women to engage in sex acts against their will and made unwanted advances on others.
“I've made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner,” Munn says, with the story describing how Ratner masturbated in front of the then-aspiring actress on the set of his 2004 movie After the Sunset,then later bragged to her about ejaculating on magazine covers featuring her photo.
“It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won't quit,” she continues. “You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can't be connected to him anymore.”
Other allegations include The Whole Nine Yards actress Natasha Henstridge's account of Ratner forcing her to perform oral sex, and four people who were involved in the production of Ratner’s Rush Hour 2 in 2001, who recalled how the director chased young women and established a predatory atmosphere on set.
Munn previously alluded to Ratner's history of misconduct in her 2010 collection of essays, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, with the director responding by claiming he "banged" her and accusing her of lying.
Ratner's attorney Martin Singer denied the allegations, telling the Times, “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
USA TODAY has contacted Ratner's representatives for comment.
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