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Olivia Munn on Director Ratner: He Masturbated in Front of Me

5 other actresses are also accusing film director of sexual misconduct
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2017 9:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another domino of sexual misconduct allegations stretching from Hollywood to the media has tumbled. This time it involves film director Brett Ratner, with six women telling the Los Angeles Times of incidents they say happened in private homes, at Hollywood events, and on movie sets. Actress Olivia Munn is one of those women, noting it started when she visited the set of 2004's After the Sunset, at a friend's request, where she says Ratner masturbated in front of her when she brought a meal to his trailer. After that incident, she says, Ratner kept claiming he'd been intimate with her, even saying on TV he'd "banged" her (he later retracted that). He also ran into her in 2010 and said he ejaculated on magazine photos of her. "I've made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner," Munn says. "It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won't quit."

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Another accusation against Ratner, 48, comes from Species actress Natasha Henstridge, who says he made her perform oral sex on him at his NYC apartment in the early '90s. "He physically forced himself on me," she says. "At some point, I gave in and he did his thing." Meanwhile, actress Jaime Ray Newman details a sexually explicit conversation while next to him on a 2005 flight; actress Katharine Towne says he followed her into a bathroom at a 2005 party; and two extras in 2001's Rush Hour 2 says he made inappropriate sexual requests. Ratner lawyer Martin Singer disputes it all in a 10-page letter to the Times: "I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment." Five of Ratner's ex-aides also say they never saw inappropriate behavior. One tells the Times: "He's great. … He's a family guy." (Also newly accused: Dustin Hoffman.)

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