Brett Ratner accused of sexual misconduct in 2001-05.
Here he is being gross with then-GF Serena on her 2005 show:pic.twitter.com/ts93Q4IXkD
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) November 2, 2017
MIAMI — With accusations of sexual harassment and assault dangling over movie director Brett Ratner‘s head, a cringe-worthy video has surfaced of the Miami Beach native at a Venus Williams tennis match in 2005 with then-girlfriend Serena Williams.
The video, recorded for the ABC Family’s reality series on the sisters, Venus and Serena: For Real, shows Brett getting handsy with Serena and begging her to “Give me some love. Show me that you care.”
The tennis champ, who recently had a baby girl with fiancée and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, can be heard telling Ratner, “Can you stop? You’re being very disturbing,” as he tries to force her to be affectionate with him.
After being rebuffed by Serena, Ratner turns his attention to Venus who’s playing down below, shouting, “Sexy legs!”
The video comes after the A-list Hollywood director of Rush Hour and Red Dragon has been accused by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, of being sexually inappropriate with them.
Ratner has also been accused on Facebook of rape by Melanie Kohler, a former employee of the Endeavor Talent Agency, who claims Ratner violently forced himself on her at the home of legendary producer Robert Evans.
Serena Williams and Ratner reportedly dated from 2004 until 2006, though in the video the tennis star can be heard complaining that the director doesn’t spend enough time with her.
In the clip, after Williams tells Ratner that she’d like to see other people, adding, “It’s too bad it didn’t work out between us,” he responds smiling, “Is this the breakup episode? They don’t do this on Nick and Jessica’s show,” referring to the Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson reality show.
Despite the allegations against him, Ratner’s attorney released a statement saying, the director “vehemently denies the outrageous derogatory allegations that have been reported about him” and is “confident that his name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively evaluate the nature of these claims.”
Ratner, who was scheduled to film a biopic about Hugh Hefner, has been canned by Playboy Enterprises.
“We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable. We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further.”