Sexual predators in Hollywood became as exposed as anyone has ever been in America. Celebrity after celebrity stepped out, sharing personal experiences or commenting on the horrendous affair.
Now, six more women offered their sexual harassment testimony against none else but prominent director at the time Brett Ratner.
The first to come forward with the accusations was Natasha Henstridge, who explained how she was only 19 years old at the time.
She explained how she was at Ratner’s NYC apartment with other friends watching a movie, after which she fell asleep. When she woke up, she noticed she was alone with Ratner, who didn’t allow her to leave his apartment, as per reports.
Henstridge explained he started pleasuring himself and insisted she had oral sex with him.
“He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
Ratner acquired his fame by directing “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
On the other hand, Henstridge marked her career by starring in movies like “Species” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” Still, she never got over what happened to her with Ratner and felt it was about time she spoke up to prevent others from suffering the same fate.
More were to come forward as well.
Actress Jamie Ray Newman, who found herself on the same flight with Ratner in 2005, spoke how the director started explaining what he would want to do to her sexually speaking, and ever went through each detail of the acts.
“He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” Newman said.
Also, she told how he showed her nude photos of his then-girlfriend.
It is well-known that Ratner became a close friend with director James Toback over the years, who also used his position to sexually attack prominent stars. Add Harvey Weinstein to the story and you have a whole circle of predators roaming Hollywood for years.
Ratner became the mock-topic of Tina Fey, who mentioned him at a Women in Entertainment breakfast last December. As she said, it was no secret Ratner was this sexually charged man.
“Brett Ratner is here. In his defense, he thought this was a thing where you could eat breakfast off of 100 women,” Fey told the crowd.
Another actress who was unafraid to use her voice to expose these monsters is Olivia Munn, who explained how she met Ratner in 2010, of whom she also wrote in an essay, but failed to identify him. As Munn said, he masturbated in front of her very eyes.
Ratner later told his friends and basically everyone else that he had slept with Munn, aIn addition, he bragged about “ejaculating” on magazine covers with her image on them.
Several days after, he tried shutting down the story as false, a move that didn’t work for him at all.
Actress Katharine Towne joined in the ‘exposure train’ and commented Ratner behaved very inappropriately and aggressively at a Hollywood party and even followed her to the bathroom.
“He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,” Towne said.
“I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door,” Towne said.
Towne tried to distract him by making a joke about her weight. “I don’t even know what you want with me. I’m kind of chubby right now,” she told him.
“I like ’em chubby sometimes,” she cited Ratner.
Although Ratner got her number, she never once answered him when he rang.
Model and singer Eri Sasaki said that when she turned 21 she faced Ratner’s tendencies on the set of “Rush Hour 2”
“Don’t you want to be famous?” Ratner wanted to know. Ratner, as Sasaki explained, urged her to follow him in the bathroom, which she refused to do. As an exchange, Ratner promised her to give her a line in the movie’s sequel.
Jorina King came out with a similar story, where she blamed Ratner of being sexually explicit with her on set.
Ratner dismissed all claims and refused to comment on any of the stories. When faced with the same faith, Weinstein even tried setting the score with some women, who, until this day, haven’t come out to share their story yet.
But, it should never be about the money. This is an issue of crucial importance- it touches the feminine status in society as well as women’s integrity and dignity.