Warner Bros. has severed all ties with Brett Ratner following a string of sexual misconduct allegations that came to light last year. Mostly known for directing blockbusters such as the Rush Hour film series and X-Men: The Last Stand, Ratner is among the string of high profile Hollywood men who were outed last year for their atrocious behavior in the workplace, especially with regard to their poor treatment of their female co-workers.
Following Harvey Weinstein's scandal that basically opened the floodgates regarding this rampant issue in Hollywood, seven women, including Ellen Page, Olivia Munn, and Natasha Henstridge came out accusing Ratner of sexual harassment. Now, he continues to suffer the consequences of his atrocious actions with Warner Bros. cutting all business ties to him and his company.
In a report from The Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. has decided to not renew its deal with RatPac-Dune Entertainment - Ratner's venture with Australian media mogul James Packer, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as well as other investors. Packer eventually left the firm, then came Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik to join the group. It is a film investment vehicle following a multi-year, 75-film co-financing partnership with the film studio signed in 2013.
The deal between Warner Bros. and RatPac-Dune expired last month, and prior to the confirmation, speculation had it that the former no longer had any intention of inking a brand new contract with the latter. And while no specific reason has been given, safe to assume that the film studio's decision is motivated by Ratner's sexual misconduct allegation crisis. It's important to point out, however, that RatPac-Dune is separate from Ratner's production company, RatPack Entertainment.
Back in November, news surfaced that Gal Gadot was unwilling to sign on for Wonder Woman 2 if Ratner and his team will still be attached to the sequel. RatPac-Dune co-financed DC Films' smash hit Wonder Woman last year as part of its then ongoing deal with Warner Bros. A representative from the film company went out and said that the news details were inaccurate, but things were eventually ironed out after it was cleared up that the financing deal was off even before Wonder Woman 2 starts production. Despite the original report not being confirmed, there were already whispers around the industry regarding Ratner's misbehavior especially after Gadot backed out of her scheduled appearance at an event where she was supposedly presenting a Jewish National Fund to the director.
Since his sexual allegations scandal broke out, Ratner has opted to veer away from the public eye maintaining a low profile. No other accusers have come out since the barrage of the testimonies was released to the public, but the 49-year-old didn't necessarily have the best track record in Hollywood when it comes to professionalism and proper behavior in the workplace. He's been notoriously known for being a sexist and racist. In 2011, he even had to step down from producing the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer after commenting "rehearsal is for fags" during a dry-run of the show.
Source: The LA Times