MIAMI BEACH — And another one bites the dust…Miami Beach native and Hollywood director Brett Ratner, who has raised eyebrows in the past for his homophobic and sexist remarks, has been accused of sexual assault by five actresses, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
Ratner is the latest in the seemingly endless list of Hollywood big shots being blasted for their misogynistic behavior.
Henstridge says that Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him in the 1990s when she was a 19 year old model in New York. The Candian actress, who appeared in the film The Whole Nine Yards with Bruce Willis, claims Ratner, who was a music director at the time, assaulted her while she was sleeping at his apartment.
“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.”
The women, who shared their stories with the L.A. Times, were inspired to speak out after a number of other victims of sexual harassment and abuse have shared their stories in the last few weeks.
Ratner, unsurprisingly, has denied the claims though his attorney, Martin Singer.
“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Singer stated. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Though Ratner acknowledges that he knows Henstridge, he claims that the actress was “upset after learning my client had a girlfriend who he would not leave” for her.
Munn, on the other hand, alleges that the X-Men: The Last Stand director masturbated in front of her on the set of the 2004 film After the Sunset. Munn had shared the story in 2010 without naming Ratner.
“He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,” Munn stated. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.”
“That did leave an impact on me,” Munn added. “How broken do women have to be before people listen? I shouldn’t have to be completely broken, battered, and devalued in order to prove that he crossed a line.”
The following year, the director claimed on television’s Attack of the Show, “I used to date Olivia Munn, I will be honest with everybody here. When she was ‘Lisa.’ That was the problem. She wasn’t Asian back then. I banged her a few times … but I forgot her.” A few days later he retracted his statement on the Howard Stern Show.
Munn said she saw Ratner again at a 2010 CAA party, where he asked her why she hated him. She answered, “It’s more of a dislike.”
“Why? I bought 10 of your magazines and came over all of them,” he retorted.
“It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” Munn told the L.A. daily. “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.”
Actresses Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Eri Sasaki and Jorina King also claim Ratner acted in a sexually aggressive manner with them.
The director has been called out before for his lewd behavior.
Last December, Tina Fey, in a speech at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, joked, “Brett Ratner is here. In his defense, he thought this was a thing where you could eat breakfast off of 100 women.”