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Yet Another Hollywood Powerhouse, Director Brett Ratner, Is Accused Of Rape And Sexual Assualt.

It seems another day another Hollywood elite is accused of rape or sexual misconduct.  I am starting to wonder if it’s the Hollywood environment that is conducive to this or if the problem is severe in other professions as well.

At least six women claim that they were victims of sexual harassment and/or assault at the hands of ‘Rush Hour’ director Brett Ratner in a Los Angeles Times exposè.

Actress Olivia Munn and five other women have come forward with sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against director Brett Ratner.   Munn, 37, said in 2004 she visited the set of Ratner’s movie “After the Sunset” and he exposed himself and masturbated in front of her during a short encounter in his trailer.

“I shouldn’t have to be completely broken, battered, and devalued in order to prove that he crossed a line,” Olivia Munn

In 2010, Munn who starred in “X-Men: Apocalypse” wrote about the raunchy experience in her book “Suck It, Wonder Woman!” but never identified Ratner as the perpetrator. The director, in turn, came forward and claimed he had sex with her.

“I used to date Olivia Munn, I will be honest with everybody here,” Ratner said. “I banged her a few times … but I forgot her.”

Later, Ratner told Howard Stern that he lied about him and Munn having a sexual relationship.

Munn denied she and Ratner had a sexual relationship.

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“I’ve made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner,” Munn told The Los Angeles Times.

“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.”

Other women who came forward accusing Ratner include actresses Natasha Henstridge, Jamie Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Jorina King and model Eri Sasaki.

Henstridge says she was only 19-years-old when Ratner forced her to give him oral sex. The 43-year-old actress had fallen to sleep on the director’s couch during a party when she awoke she was alone with Ratner. Ratner then physically blocked Henstridge from leaving until she gave him what he demanded of her.

“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “At some point, I gave in, and he did his thing.”

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Newman’s assault happened on a plane where the “X-Men: The Last Stand” director made inappropriate sexual advances back in 2005.

“He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” Newman, who is now 39, said.

Newman said Ratner explained in vulgar terms that he needed sex — not alcohol or drugs.

Katherine Towne, 39, also claimed she had a run-in with Ratner around this time while attending a party at his Los Angeles home.

The actress and daughter of Oscar-winning ‘Chinatown’ scribe Robert Towne said that Ratner made repeated advances on her despite her lack of interest, and later 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.”

The other two women who came forward were both extras on the set of the 2001 film ‘Rush Hour 2.’

Eri Sasaki was 21 and had been modeling before filming, and claims that one day Ratner walked over to her and ran a finger down her bare midriff before asking her to join him in the bathroom.

When she declined, he said: ‘Don’t you want to be famous?’

Ratner through his attorney, Martin Singer, denied all the allegations made by the women.

 

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