Facing a couple of allegations of sexual harassment and attack, Brett Ratner took criminal motion in opposition to one in every of his accusers on Wednesday.
According to Variety, Ratner filed a defamation swimsuit in opposition to Melanie Kohler, a lady who claimed on Facebook that the 48-year-old director and manufacturer had raped her within the mid-2000s.
Kohler penned her Facebook put up greater than per week ahead of the e-newsletter of a Los Angeles Times document by which six girls detailed how Ratner allegedly sexually careworn or assaulted them. In her put up, Kohler wrote that “Ratner was a rapist on at least one night in Hollywood about 12 years ago,” consistent with the defamation swimsuit, which was once filed in federal court docket. Kohler stated Ratner had “preyed on me as a drunk girl.”
Ratner’s legal professional informed TMZ that Kohler stated the director “forced her to have sex” once they’d met at a membership in Los Angeles in both 2004 or 2005. Ratner’s swimsuit, which characterised the Facebook put up as libel according to se, alleged that her claims had been “entirely false, fabricated and fictional.”
The swimsuit seeks normal, particular and punitive damages for Ratner’s alleged “emotional distress, worry, anger and anxiety,” and “injuries to his personal and professional reputations,” Variety reported.
On Wednesday, the Times printed its reveal on Ratner’s alleged historical past of sexual predation. In the function, six girls, together with actresses Olivia Munn and Jaime Ray Newman, mentioned their alleged encounters with Ratner. Munn recalled an incident in 2004 when she stated Ratner masturbated in entrance of her in his trailer. Actress Natasha Henstridge accused Ratner of forcing her to accomplish oral intercourse on him.
Through his legal professional, Ratner denied the allegations leveled in opposition to him within the Times article.
Warner Bros. reportedly severed ties with Ratner on Wednesday. The Hollywood Reporter stated the studio selected to not renew its manufacturing maintain Ratner and will likely be taking away him as manufacturer from the impending movie “The Goldfinch.”