Brett Ratner Abandons Lawsuit Against Sexual Assault Accusers

Director and producer Brett Ratner has dropped his defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of rape. Accusations against Ratner were first officially reported in November 2017, shortly after the reckoning against Harvey Weinstein began. Ratner was first accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct by at least six women, including Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, Katherine Towne, Jaime Ray Newman, Jorina King, and Eri Sasaki. The accusations ranged from overtly sexual comments being made to being forced to perform oral sex.

Following this, Ratner was accused of "outing" Ellen Page during the filming of X-Man: The Last Stand, which he directed. In a Facebook post written by the actress herself, Page described in detail a moment prior to the beginning of filming, in which Ratner told another actress she "should f*** her to make her realize she's gay." She recalled hearing him "say degrading things to women" on set, and was once reprimanded for refusing to wear a t-shirt with the words "Team Ratner" on it. Ratner continued to face the fall out of his actions when rumors swirled that Gal Gadot was threatening to abandon her contract for Wonder Woman 1984 if Ratner, whose company, RatPac-Dune, produced the first film, was involved. However, this turned out to be a moot point, as the company's then-intact contract with Warner Bros. was scheduled to run out in March 2018 - long before Wonder Woman 1984 entered production.

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Despite the end of his business ties, Ratner is still making the news for his personal affairs. The lawsuit in question began with a post on Facebook made by Melanie Kohler. Kohler made her statement other accusations coming to light, stating that Ratner "was a rapist on at least one night in Hollywood about 12 years ago." She added that he "preyed on [her] as a drunk girl [and] forced himself upon [her].” As reported by The Wrap, the lawsuit, which was made on the same day as the other allegations, stated that Kohler's accusation was "entirely false, fabricated and fictional," and was published "with knowledge of its falsity, maliciously, and with the intent to harm plaintiff’s reputation and standing." Now, Ratner has chosen to let the lawsuit go.

Director Brett Ratner on set

Ratner's attorney cited Kohler's "cloudy and unclear" memories of the incident as his reasoning. Ratner himself added that he is "happy that the matter is resolved." On the other side, Kohler's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, noted that the case was "very difficult" and that she was happy that this "will allow Melanie to move on with her life." She added, "This is a win for women everywhere. We are proud of our client, who stood by her statement and stood up for herself in court, and appreciate Mr. Ratner dismissing this case."

As noted previously, the loss of Ratner's massive financial deal with Warner Bros. has had a major effect. All of his projects in development, including a planned Hugh Hefner biopic, were scrapped. Warner Bros broke off its ties with Ratner and his production company shortly after the scandal broke, and all of the loose ends were tied up in April.

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Source: The Wrap

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