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Cuban-American Director Brett Ratner Accused Of Sexual Assault By 6 Actresses

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In an explosive article from The Los Angeles Times, six women have come forward claiming that Cuban-American director Brett Ratner sexually assaulted and/or harassed them. After The New York Times and The New Yorker released stories detailing abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, more stories came out about prominent men in Hollywood, including director James Toback and actor Kevin Spacey.

Ratner, 48, has directed movies that include the “Rush Hour” franchise as well as “The Family Man,” “Red Dragon,” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

The women spoke in detail about their claims against Ratner.

Actress Olivia Munn said that in 2004, Ratner masturbated in front of her. 

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Munn had previously written about the incident in 2010 without naming Ratner. A year later, Ratner revealed he was the person in question and then claimed he slept with Munn. In an interview with Howard Stern, Ratner later admitted he lied about having a sexual relationship with Munn.

“It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” Munn told The Los Angeles Times. “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.”

Natasha Henstridge said she was 19 when Ratner forced himself on her. 

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

Jaime Ray Newman said Ratner sat next to her on a flight and told her was addicted to oral sex.

Newman said she was on a flight in 2005 when Ratner asked to be seated next to her. Newman alleges that Ratner disclosed incredibly obscene things to her, including that he was addicted to oral sex. They had never met before.

He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” Newman told the Times.

Katharine Towne said Ratner followed her into a bathroom in 2005.

“He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,” Towne told the Times. “I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door.”

Ratner’s lawyer, Martin Singer, responded to this claim by saying: “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?”

Two other actresses who appeared as extras in “Rush Hour 2” claim that Ratner promised to give them speaking parts in the film in exchange for sexual favors.

In response to all the claims, Ratner’s lawyer, Martin Singer, denied all accusations.

READ: It’s Time For Men To Step Up And Call Out Their Homies About Sexual Harassment And Assault

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