News feeds have been flooded with the words “allegations of sexual harassment” ever since The New York Times’ expose on disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Women – and some men – from Hollywood and around the world have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men for one reason: to stop the behaviour continuing.
The latest to come under fire is filmmaker and director Brett Ratner, who started a production company RatPac Entertainment with Australian businessman James Packer in 2012.
Six women have come forward and accused the Hollywood heavyweight – a man who’s been involved in smash hits including Rush Hour, X-Men, The Revenant, and Horrible Bosses – of sexual harassment and assault.
Natasha Henstridge said she was 19 when she fell asleep watching a movie on Ratner’s couch – one of a group of friends who were hanging out for the evening. She woke up to find everyone gone and alleges Ratner blocked her as she tried to leave.
The now 43-year-old actress told the Los Angeles Times he stood in the doorway and began masturbating. Henstridge alleges the film producer forced her to give him oral sex before permitting her to leave his apartment.
On behalf of Ratner, his attorney Martin Singer, denies Henstridge’s story.
Actress Olivia Munn - best known for her roles in X-Men, Date Night, and Iron Man - described an alleged incident when she was assisting on the 2004 film After the Sunset with Ratner was directing.