Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge lead allegations of sexual harassment against director Brett Ratner
Actress Olivia Munn has accused director Brett Ratner of sexually harassing her, alongside five other women.
The Newsroom star (37) is among a group of six women who claim Ratner harassed them with allegations dating back to the '90s, according to a new report by the Los Angeles Times. Munn says that she visited the set of After the Sunset in 2004 and he masturbated in front of her. At a party in 2010, she bumped into him and he boasted about ejaculating on magazine covers she appeared on.
"I've made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner," she said. "It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won't quit,” she said. “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."
Ratner, who produced 2015's Oscar-winning The Revenant, "categorically" denies any wrongdoing. His lawyer Martin Singer told the Los Angeles 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."
Actress Natasha Henstridge said she was forced to perform oral sex on Ratner when she was 19, working as a model and he working as a music video director. She says they were at a party and she fell asleep on the couch and when she tried to leave, he blocked the doorway.
"He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me. At some point, I gave in and he did his thing," she told the paper.
Ratner's attorney issued a 10-page statement to the newspaper denying any wrongdoing. All the women featured said they felt they were inspired to come forward by the bravery of other women in response to Harvey Weinstein and James Toback.