Actress Ellen Page had recently spoken out against director and producer Brett Ratner for “homophobic and harassing” behaviour towards her on the set of ‘X Men: The Last Stand’ when she was 18-years old, because Ratner had “outed” her as a lesbian, before she fully realised she was gay herself.
Yet another individual to be accused of some form of sexual harassment since the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The director has not yet responded to Ellen’s accusation, but has denied others.
Ellen talked about Ratner’s behaviour during a lengthy Facebook post, including the director pointing at her with another woman and saying “You should **** her to make her realise she’s gay.” At the time, Ellen had not yet fully realised her sexuality.
Ellen said that she felt “violated” and that no one spoke out to defend her. She also describes it as a “public, aggressive outing” that left her feeling ashamed. However, Ellen received support from her X Men co-star, Anna Paquin, saying she stands with Ellen on her claim.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) November 10, 2017
Beforehand, Ratner was accused by six women, including Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn of harassment, assault and rape, but has denied all claims. Reportedly Natasha Henstridge had previously also bragged to her ex-husband about her casting couch experience, making her claims somewhat questionable, though, that doesn’t excuse any of the other allegations against Ratner.
Additionally, Brett Ratner’s lawyer, Martin Singer released a statement defending the director: “I have represented Mr Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. No woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Ellen describes it all as a “long awaited reckoning”. In her Facebook post, she explains that she had been working in the film and entertainment industry since she was 10-years old, and had met some “respectful collaborators” during her career.
However, she also talks about those who “want you to feel small, to make you insecure, to make you feel like you are indebted to them, or that your actions are to blame for their unwelcome advances”. For example, she describes another director caressing her leg when she was 16-years old and telling her to make a move on him.
“I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late 20s and to tell them about it. I did not.” she explained further.
“I want to see these men have to face what they have done. I want them to not have power anymore. I want them to sit and think about who they are without their lawyers, their millions, their fancy cars, houses upon houses, their ‘playboy’ status and swagger.”
At the end of the post, Ellen encourages others to speak out on sexual harassment and abuse, saying: “You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.”
Moreover, Israeli actress Gal Gadot has threatened to leave the role of Wonder Woman in the next film, unless Brett Ratner’s production company abandons its involvement in the motion picture.
We certainly hope some kind of justice comes out from Ellen’s and many others’ horrific experiences in the industry. And, we can expect the allegations of sexual harassment to continue. So, who will be the next in line to be exposed?
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