Brett Ratner is the latest Hollywood Mogul to get accused of sexual harassment and assault, and one of his accusers is superstar Olivia Munn.
The Los Angeles Times dropped the bombshell story Wednesday of the allegations against Ratner, and they’re truly horrifying.
The part dealing with Munn is as follows:
Olivia Munn said that while visiting the set of the 2004 Ratner-directed “After the Sunset” when she was still an aspiring actress, he masturbated in front of her in his trailer when she went to deliver a meal. Munn wrote about the incident in her 2010 collection of essays without naming Ratner. On a television show a year later, Ratner identified himself as the director, and claimed that he had “banged” her, something he later said was not true. The same year her book was published, Munn ran into Ratner at a party thrown by Creative Artists Agency and he boasted of ejaculating on magazine covers featuring her image, she told The Times.
She said that persistent false rumors that they had been intimate have infuriated her, prompting her to talk to The Times in support of other women who are “brave enough to speak up.”
Ratner denied all the allegations through his attorney.
This is about as bad of a look as it gets. Plenty of allegations have come out against Harvey Weinstein and James Toback. Some of the accusers are well known and others aren’t. There’s no way around the fact that Olivia Munn accusing somebody of masturbating in front of her is going to dominate the headlines. She’s one of the most famous women to come forward since Hollywood has been exposed for having multiple alleged sexual predators. She has name recognition, is a movie superstar and has the ability to control the media cycle.
Ratner is also one of the most powerful people in Hollywood in the last quarter of a century. His credits include “The Revenant,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Horrible Bosses” and the “Rush Hour” series. Stay tuned because this one is probably going to get very ugly.
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