- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Six women have come forward to accuse “Rush Hour” filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct, including making aggressive sexual advances and unwanted touching.

Mr. Ratner has “categorically” denied the allegations through his attorney, Marty Singer.

“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Mr. Singer told The Los Angeles Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

Actresses Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, Jamie Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Jorina King and model Eri Sasaki spoke to The Times about their alleged encounters with Mr. Ratner.

The most serious charge comes from Ms. Henstridge, who accused the director of cornering her after a party at his New York apartment when she was 19, masturbating in front of her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”

Ms. Munn said Mr. Ratner masturbated in front of her in 2004 on the set of “After the Sunset,” after she delivered food to his trailer. She said she tried to deliver the food and leave quickly, but he implored her to stay.

“He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,” Ms. Munn said. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.”

She later wrote about the alleged incident in her book, “Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek,” but left out the names and details.

Five former assistants who have worked closely with Mr. Ratner doubted the women’s claims, telling The Times that they did not witness any sexual misconduct.

Hopi Dobuler, a longtime former assistant to Mr. Ratner, said, “I think he’s great. … He’s a family guy.”

The claims come amid a recent wave of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood big wigs, spurred by the downfall of Harvey Weinstein.

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