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Actress Olivia Munn And 5 Other Women Accuse Director Brett Ratner Of Sexual Harassment

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Hollywood is reeling from the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault claims. Six women, including X-Men star Olivia Munn, have accused director Brett Ratner of sexual assault or misconduct. The allegations, including Munn’s claim he performed a sex act on himself in front of her, are the latest to emerge from the widening Hollywood sex pest crisis.Munn alleged that while visiting the set of Ratner’s “After the Sunset” in 2004, he performed the act in front of her in his trailer, according to The LA Times. She had described the incident, without naming Ratner, in a 2010 collection of essays.His lawyer said the director “vehemently denies the outrageous derogatory allegations” 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 directed the Rush Hour films, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand and Tower Heist.Warner Bros, which has a first-look deal with Ratner, said in a statement: “We are aware of the allegations in the LA Times and are reviewing the situation.” But Playboy Enterprises shelved any of its projects that involved Ratner, including working on a biopic of Hugh Hefner, which was to star Jared Leto. It said: “We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner. We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable.” Ratner’s other accusers The Whole Nine Yards actress Natasha Henstridge, who said he touched himself and forced her to perform a sex act on her when she was 19 in the early 1990s.The others, alleging various instances of inappropriate behaviour, include Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Eri Sasaki. Ratner and Hoffman become the latest Hollywood figures to face allegations of misusing their power to harass actresses, a list that now includes producer Harvey Weinstein and writer-director James Toback. Harassment allegations have also been levied against actors Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven and Dustin Hoffman.PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY

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