High-profile director Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, who detailed their experiences with Ratner to the Los Angeles Times.
Henstridge claims that Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on her in his New York apartment.
The actress, then a 19-year-old model, was hanging out with the then-music video director watching TV.
Henstridge fell asleep, she told the Times, and when she woke up the others had left and she was alone with Ratner.
He blocked the exit and began touching himself, she tells the Times, and then he forced her to perform oral sex on him.
“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’s attorney Martin Singer dismissed the accounts of Henstridge and the five other women, who opened up to the Times in a series of interviews, saying the alleged sexual misconduct occurred in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events.
None of the women the Times spoke to reported the allegations to the police, the paper says in its Wednesday (Nov. 1) story.
“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Singer wrote to The Times in a 10-page letter
. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Henstridge was compelled to speak out, as hundreds of women have come forward about their experiences with sexual harassment or assault, including by such high-profile figures as Harvey Weinstein and director James Toback, in recent weeks.