Another day, another powerful Hollywood man being accused of raping, assaulting and harassing people. Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge are leading the charge, this time against powerhouse director Brett Ratner.
Both actors spoke to the Los Angeles Times about truly shocking interactions with Ratner. Henstridge alleges he forced her to perform oral sex on him when she was 19 and new to the industry. She told the paper she was watching TV at his apartment with a group of people and fell asleep, and when she woke up, the others had left. She said Ratner blocked the door and started masturbating and then forced himself into her mouth.
"He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me," she said. "At some point, I gave in and he did his thing."
Munn told the Times that she was asked to drop off food to Ratner's trailer on the set of After the Sunset, a movie he directed. She thought he wouldn't be there at the time, but "he walked out ... with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other," she said. "And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated."
Munn said she told the man who asked her to drop off the food, and, "[i]t wasn't a shock. It wasn't a surprise. It was just, 'Ugh, sorry about that.'"
She also details years of sexual harassment by Ratner following that incident, including a time he told her at a party, "I bought 10 of your magazines and came over all of them."
She also discussed the incident with an attorney, who persuaded her not to take on a powerful director early in her career. This is also not the first time Munn has spoken about her run-ins with Ratner; it seems now people are finally willing to listen.
Four other women — Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Eri Sasaki and Jorina King — have made allegations against Ratner alongside Henstridge and Munn. His lawyer denies them all, saying, "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."
These women now join hundreds of others who have come forward to accuse powerful Hollywood men, including Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, of similar cases of assault and harassment.
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