In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more men and women are coming forward with their own stories of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of some of the most powerful men in Hollywood. In a new story for the L.A. Times, six women — including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge — have opened up about being sexually harassed or assaulted by filmmaker Brett Ratner.
Munn revealed to The Times that when she was an aspiring actress back in 2004, she visited the set of After the Sunset, which was directed by Ratner. During her time on set, the Newsroom actress revealed that she was told to deliver food to the director’s trailer under the pretense that he wouldn’t be there. Instead, she found the Rush Hour director inside the trailer, and when she moved to leave, the director pressured her to stay and allegedly began to masturbate.
While this is not the first time Munn has spoken about the experience — she previously wrote about it in her 2010 book — it’s the first time she’s named Ratner as the director. Ratner himself revealed in 2011 that he was the person in her story, adding that he’d had sex with the X-Men: Apocalypse actress a few times before “forgetting her” — which he later admitted wasn’t true.
“I’ve made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner,” Munn told the newspaper of avoiding Ratner while navigating a career in Hollywood. But Munn is far from the only person with a harrowing experience with Ratner. In the L.A. Times story, Henstridge revealed that the Tower Heist director forced her to perform oral sex on him when she was 19.
Ratner disputed Henstridge’s account to the L.A. Times, with his lawyer Martin Singer telling the newspaper that she was “upset after learning my client had a girlfriend who he would not leave.”
In addition to Munn and Henstridge, actresses Jaime Ray Newman and Katharine Towne came forward with stories of sexual harassment by Ratner, while four people working on Rush Hour 2 — including two background actresses who revealed they’d been harassed by Ratner — confirmed to the L.A. Times that there had been instances of sexual harassment by Ratner on the set of the film.
The accusations against Ratner come on the heels of allegations against Kevin Spacey, James Toback, and Andy Dick.
Coming forward to share an experience of sexual harassment or assault is never easy, and we applaud Munn, Henstridge, and all the other women opening up about their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault.