SIX WOMEN ACCUSE FILMMAKER BRETT RATNER OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT/MISCONDUCT
"Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner is the latest celebrity to be accused of allegedly sexually harassing six women. Actress Natasha Henstridge who starred in the films “Species” and “The Whole Nine Yards", has come forward with five other women who accuse Ratner of a range of sexual harassment and misconduct that allegedly took place in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events.
Henstridge said when she was a 19-year-old fashion model and he was an up-and-coming music video director in his early 20s, they had been hanging out in front of the TV with friends at his New York apartment. When she woke up, the others had left and was alone with Ratner. She got up to leave but he blocked the doorway with his body and wouldn’t budge. He began touching himself, she said, then forced her to perform oral sex.
“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.”
Ratner, 48, through his attorney Martin Singer, has disputed her account and has flaunted his playboy persona and bragged publicly about his sexual prowess in the past. He's been romantically linked to Paris Hilton, Serena Williams, Lindsay Lohan and Mariah Carey.