Friday 27 April 2018

Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge lead allegations of sexual harassment against director Brett Ratner

Olivia Munn attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Olivia Munn attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Brett Ratner attends the celebratory party in honor of Wolfgang Puck receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame hosted by Gelila Assefa Puck at Spago on April 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Natasha Henstridge arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Olivia Munn attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Producer Brett Ratner and actor Jared Leto attend Amazon Original Series "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" premiere event at The Playboy Mansion on April 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon)
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

Natasha Henstridge arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Natasha Henstridge arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

"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.

Brett Ratner attends the celebratory party in honor of Wolfgang Puck receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame hosted by Gelila Assefa Puck at Spago on April 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Brett Ratner attends the celebratory party in honor of Wolfgang Puck receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame hosted by Gelila Assefa Puck at Spago on April 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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