I’ve got a feeling someone just made Mariah Carey’s “I don’t know them” list.
Starting with Harvey Weinstein’s exposure as an alleged sexual harassed/rapist and followed by a million more allegations against creeps of Hollywood, October kind of turned into The Month People Started Talking. It’s November 1st, and creeps who didn’t get accused of anything in October shouldn’t let out a sigh of relief. People are still talking, and today the talking is about 48-year-old Brett Ratner.
If you have even the most rudimentary knowledge of Brett Ratner, then the most surprising thing here is probably that it took so long for him to get exposed. Several years ago, Olivia Munn released a memoir in which she talked about her early life in Hollywood. One such part involved a certain Hollywood director jacking off in front of her with a shrimp cocktail in his other hand. Said shrimp-gobbling masturbator ended up being Brett Ratner. Brett brushed it off by casually dropping that he “banged her” a few times. He later admitted that was a lie.
Lying about having sex with Olivia Munn in an attempt to make himself look better isn’t the extent of Brett Ratner’s shitiness. The Los Angeles Times spoke with six women, one being Olivia Munn, and they’ve all got stories about Brett.
Natasha Henstridge told The Times that her experience with Brett Ratner happened in his apartment in New York City when she was 19 and he was in his early 20s. She fell asleep watching a movie on his couch. When she woke up, Natasha alleges that Brett prevented her from leaving by blocking the doorway with his body. She alleges Brett began jerking off, then forced her to perform oral sex on him. She says she did it because he “strong armed” her and she “gave in.” Natasha says she decided to speak up after so many women decided to come forward with their allegations against Harvey Weinstein and director James Toback
Olivia Munn retold her story involving Brett Ratner and the shrimp cocktail inside his trailer on the set of his 2004 film After the Sunset. Olivia told her sister about what happened and she suggested Olivia call a lawyer. Olivia did, but says the lawyer advised her not to go up against someone with as much power as Brett Ratner. So she dropped it. She says she wanted to speak up again because she’s pissed off that the rumor she and Brett were intimate (a rumor he started) won’t die and keeps following her around to this day. Olivia says she has made “specific, conscientious choices” not to work with him.
“It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit. You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore.”
Jaime Ray Newman (Kristina Cassadine from General Hospital) says that in 2005, she sat next to Brett on a flight and she alleges he showed her naked pictures of his girlfriend on his phone and loudly described what he wanted to do her and how he was addicted to going down on women. Actress Katharine Towne says that at a party, Brett pushed his way into a bathroom behind her and hounded her for a date. She gave him her number so he’d go away. She alleges that Brett Ratner tried unsuccessfully for six whole months to get a date.
Two actresses who were extras on Rush Hour 2 in 2001 also have their own stories. Eri Sasaki, then 21, claims that Brett approached her one day on set, ran his finger down her exposed stomach (she was in costume for the shoot), and asked her if she wanted to join him in the bathroom. When she declined, he allegedly asked her: “Don’t you want to be famous?“. An actress named Jorina King claims he used the same line on her. He allegedly picked her out of a group of background actresses to discuss the possibility of a speaking part. She claims she went to his trailer and he asked to see her topless. She said no, and went and hid in a bathroom. She claims that someone else got that line of dialogue.
A male production assistant named Kent Richards says that both Eri and Jorina informed him about some creepy stuff Brett had allegedly tried to pull. He claims two or three other background actresses also complained of feeling uncomfortable around him.
I like to think Brett Ratner’s arch nemesis, RottenTomatoes.com, just gave his behavior a certified rotten rating.
Brett Ratner’s attorney Marty Singer sent a 10-page letter to The Times regarding their story. Brett is denying all the accusations against him.
“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
As for Katharine Towne’s story about Brett Ratner aggressively following her into a bathroom at a party, Marty Singer called it “absurd” and added:
“Even if hypothetically this incident occurred exactly as claimed, how is flirting at a party, complimenting a woman on her appearance, and calling her to ask her for a date wrongful conduct?”
So what Marty is trying to say is that Brett Ratner’s not a gross pig with zero respect for boundaries and is just a horny hetero guy trying to score a date. And what about switching seats on an airplane so he could corner a woman and make her uncomfortable with sky-high sex talk? I’m sure that’s just an example of Brett working his charm. We all know there’s nothing a woman finds hotter than getting offered oral by a stranger while sitting mere feet from a chemical airplane toilet.