Brett Ratner accused of sexual harassment by six women (Report)

Director-producer Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by six women, including actress Natasha Henstridge, according to a report published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times.

Ratner, through his attorney Martin Singer, strongly denied the allegations to the Times.

“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 told the Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

Henstridge told the Times that Ratner, 48, allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him during an incident in his New York apartment in the early 1990s when she was a 19-year-old model, according to the report.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Honoree Brett Ratner attends the Jewish National Fund Los Angeles Tree Of Life Dinner at Loews Hollywood Hotel on October 29, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jewish National Fund)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 20: (L-R) Clint Eastwood, Kendall Jenner, and Brett Ratner attend the Vanity Fair and Chopard Party celebrating the Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 20, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 26: Producer Brett Ratner attends a Celebration in honor of Wolfgang Puck receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame hosted by Gelila Assefa Puck at Spago on April 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage for Fashion Media)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Noah Emmerich and Brett Ratner attends the 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' Broadway opening night at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 05: Producer Brett Ratner attends The Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2017 National Tribute Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Brett Ratner is seen on March 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Producer / Director Brett Ratner and Victor Barroso attend the Miami Premiere of RatPac Documentary Films One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film' followed by Q&A at Miracle Theatre inside the Actors Playhouse on February 28, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Director / Produced Brett Ratner attends the Miami Premiere of RatPac Documentary Films One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film' followed by Q&A at Miracle Theatre inside the Actors Playhouse on February 28, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Producer Brett Ratner attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Brett Ratner attends Finch & Partners Presents 'The Art Of Behind The Scenes' Photo Series Exhibit at KP Projects on February 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Brett Ratner is seen on February 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 28: Actor John Travolta (L) and director Brett Ratner attend the 2017 G'Day Black Tie Gala at Governors Ballroom At Hollywood And Highland on January 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for RS/TV, Inc.)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 19: Film Director Brett Ratner attends the ceremony honoring him with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 19: Film Director Brett Ratner attends the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Director Brett Ratner speaks onstage at the 2016 AJHS Emma Lazarus Statue Of Liberty Award Dinner - Inside at The Roosevelt Hotel on December 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Larry King and director Brett Ratner attend the 2016 AJHS Emma Lazarus Statue Of Liberty Award Dinner - Inside at The Roosevelt Hotel on December 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Producer Brett Ratner arrives at the National Geographic 'Before The Flood' Screening at Bing Theatre At LACMA on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for National Geographic Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Director Brett Ratner (L) and singer Ciara celebrate ground-breaking achievements in cancer research at Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon at the Chateau Marmont on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Revlon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Host Brett Ratner (L) and actress Dakota Johnson attends the special event for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted by Brett Ratner and David Raymond at Hilhaven Lodge on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Imagesfor RatPac Entertainment's 'In Harm's Way' Event)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Brett Ratner and Al Malnik attend as the Friars Club honors Tony Bennett with Entertainment Icon Award on the Legend's 90th Birthday at New York Sheraton Hotel & Tower on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 04: Brett Ratner (C) attends the Haute Living Haute 100 Miami Celebration Presented By Hublot, Dom Perignon And Prestige Imports at Faena Hotel on May 4, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Haute Living)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Producer Brett Ratner attends the the kick off of Art New York and CONTEXT for 2016 New York Art Week at Pier 94 on May 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
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Actress Katherine Towne described a meeting with Ratner at a party in 2005 where he allegedly aggressively came on to her and followed her into a bathroom. His assistant called her for months trying to set up a date, Towne told the Times.

Actress Olivia Munn detailed what she described as several disturbing encounters with Ratner. In one instance, she brought food to his trailer during the filming his 2004 film “After the Sunset.” Munn alleges that Ratner emerged from the bathroom wearing no pants and “furiously masturbating.” Munn later sparred with Ratner after he claimed during a 2011 TV appearance to have slept with her. A few days later he apologized for making that statement during an appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show.

Actresses Jamie Ray Newman, Eri Sasaki, and Jorina King also described sexually charged run-ins with Ratner to the Times.

The Times report also featured statements of support for Ratner from five former assistants and other longtime colleagues who said they’d never seen him engage in any misconduct while they worked for him.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Olivia Munn visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Olivia Munn (Belt Detail) attends the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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The allegations against Ratner, at a moment of extreme sensitivity to sexual harassment issues in the entertainment industry, will put pressure on Ratner and his business partners, notably Warner Bros. Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment banner has a $450 million film co-financing pact with Warner Bros. through the RatPac-Dune Entertainment vehicle that Ratner founded with Australian media mogul James Packer.

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