There’s seemingly no end to the sexual harassment allegations being waged against Hollywood’s power players.
Six women have come out and accused another movie director of sexual harassment and even assault.
Natasha Henstridge said she was 19-years-old when then-budding director Brett Ratner assaulted her.
“He strong-armed me in a real way,” Henstridge said as she recalled the night of the alleged attack.
Henstridge said she was in a room full of friends watching a movie at Ratner’s New York apartment when she fell asleep.
When she awoke, she found she was alone with Ratner who physically blocked her from leaving his apartment, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Henstridge told the Times that he began touching himself and forced her to perform oral sex.
“He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
Ratner went on to become a successful director accumulating big movies like “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” under his belt.
Henstridge also found success in acting and appeared in “Species” and “The Whole Nine Yards,” but claimed she never forgot what happened as she watched Ratner rise to the top of the Hollywood pack.
And Henstridge is not alone.
Actress Jamie Ray Newman said she sat next to Ratner on a plane ride in 2005. The director who was about to start working on “X-Men” loudly began to describe the sex acts he would like to perform on Newman, the Times reported.
“He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” Newman said.
She also said Ratner proudly showed her nude pictures of his girlfriend at the time.
Although Ratner would openly tout that he didn’t drink or do drugs, he hung with a fast Hollywood crowd.
Among friends was Paramount Productions Production Chief Robert Evans, who was convicted of cocaine trafficking. Ratner also cozied up to now disgraced director James Toback who was recently outed for serial sexual misconduct on the level of Harvey Weinstein.
Ratner has been accused of using his “clean” (of alcohol and drugs) persona to excuse himself of sexual misconduct (after all, if that’s all he’s doing he can’t be that bad, right?). But, a telling Tina Fey “joke” made at a Women in Entertainment breakfast last December indicates Ratner’s conduct may have been another “open secret.”
“Brett Ratner is here. In his defense, he thought this was a thing where you could eat breakfast off of 100 women,” Fey told the crowd.
Ratner’s sick behavior was apparently nothing new, and more disturbingly accepted on certain levels.
Olivia Munn wrote about an alleged encounter with Ratner in a 2010 essay, but didn’t name him at the time. Munn accused Ratner of masturbating in front of her when she went to deliver food to his trailer.
One year after the allegation, Ratner identified himself as the one in the essay and bragged he had “banged” Munn, according to The Times. He also publicly boasted of “ejaculating” on magazine covers featuring her image.
A few days later Ratner retracted his claim on The Howard Stern Show, the Times reported. But the damage was done.
Munn, like the others, felt it was time to come out swinging in the wake of the many scandals rocking Hollywood.
Actress Katharine Towne said Ratner made aggressive advances towards her at a Hollywood party, and at one point followed her into the bathroom.
“He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,” Towne said.
“I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door,” Towne said.
Towne said she tried to joke about her weight in an effort to turn him off. “I don’t even know what you want with me. I’m kind of chubby right now,” she told him.
Ratner wasn’t fazed.
“I like ’em chubby sometimes,” she said Ratner replied.
At that point, Towne said she offered him her number and promised to get together in the near future in order to get out of the immediate situation.
Ratner allegedly made calls to Towne for the next six months that went unanswered.
Two more women also accused of Ratner of deviant behavior.
Eri Sasaki said she was a 21-year-old aspiring model and singer when Ranter made highly inappropriate advances on the set of in “Rush Hour 2”
“Don’t you want to be famous?” Ratner allegedly asked Sasaki. She said Ratner ran his finger down her back and repeatedly asked her to go into the bathroom with him. She was working as a background actress, but said Ratner offered her a line in the film is she complied.
Jorina King, who also had a background role recalls a similar scenario.
King said Ratner plucked her out of the background extras and dangled a speaking role in exchange for sexual acts.
Lower level production crew members told The Times that Sasaki and King reported the alleged harassment at the time.
Their complaints were brushed off as flirting by the movie project’s more powerful players, according to The Times.
For now, Ratner is either vehemently denying the claims or says he doesn’t recall the incident, according to his lawyer.
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