Brett Ratner has formally responded to the a number of allegations of sexual misconduct that had been levied towards him in a current Los Angeles Instances report.
“In mild of the allegations being made, I’m selecting to personally step away from all Warner Bros.- associated actions,” Ratner stated in an announcement. “I don’t need to have any doable adverse impression to the studio till these private points are resolved.”
Six girls — together with actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge — spoke out towards Ratner, 48, in an article printed by the Los Angeles Instances Wednesday. Munn stated that whereas visiting the set of the 2004 Ratner-directed movie After the Sundown, he masturbated in entrance of her.
A person with information of the scenario advised EW Wednesday that Warner Bros. was severing ties with Ratner as his first-look take care of the studio had expired and wouldn’t be renewed.
In an announcement to the L.A. Instances, Ratner’s legal professional Martin Singer vehemently disputed the particular allegations and stated “no lady has ever made a declare towards him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Moreover, no lady has ever requested or acquired any monetary settlement from my consumer.”
Ratner is a longtime Hollywood energy participant identified for steering the Rush Hour sequence and producing motion pictures like Horrible Bosses and The Revenant. He reportedly had a first-look take care of Warner Bros. and was related to a venture titled Goldfinch primarily based of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller of the identical title. In line with Deadline, insiders at Warner Bros. say that Ratner now not has an workplace on the studio, has been faraway from the Goldfinch venture and won’t have his deal renewed.
On Wednesday, Playboy introduced that plans for a Ratner-directed Hugh Hefner venture have been placed on maintain following the allegations. Jared Leto, who was stated to be starring within the movie, later introduced that he was by no means a part of the venture.
Along with Munn’s allegations, Henstridge advised the L.A. Instances that when she was 19, she was compelled to carry out oral intercourse on Ratner in his New York house after watching a film with a gaggle of buddies. Henstridge alleged Ratner blocked the doorway when she tried to depart and commenced touching himself.
“He strong-armed me in an actual method,” she stated. “He bodily compelled himself on me. In some unspecified time in the future, I gave in and he did his factor.”
Actresses Jaime Ray Newman and Katharine Towne additionally claimed to the L.A. Instances that Ratner made undesirable, aggressive advances to them on a aircraft and at a celebration, respectively.