Six women accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and assault in a front page Los Angeles Times story published Wednesday. Ratner unequivocally denied every claim but Amy Kaufman, the journalist who broke the story, says that he may have another 20 allegations to contend with.
Marty Singer tells Rolling Stone “we are confident that [Ratner’s] name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down.” Meanwhile, I’ve been contacted by over 20 new accusers and am investigating their claims.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) November 1, 2017
Among the initial accusers was actress Olivia Munn, who accused Ratner of masturbating in front of when she delivered food to his trailer on a movie set.
Consequences have been swift for Ratner. Warner Bros. announced that it would be cutting ties with the director until his “personal issues” were resolved. Playboy Magazine, with whom Ratner had planned to collaborate on a Hugh Hefner biopic, pulled the plug on the project, stating that it is “deeply troubled” by the allegations.
Director Patty Jenkins, who presented Ratner with the Tree of Life award from the Jewish National Fund Sunday evening, posted her own horrified statement following the allegations.
pic.twitter.com/atHlox4Erx— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) November 1, 2017
Jenkins has credited Ratner in the past for helping to get her career off the ground.
Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter, @arr_scott