In a Friday Facebook post, actress Ellen Page accused director Brett Ratner of outing her as gay on the set of "X-Men: The Last Stand" when she was just 18 years old. Page wrote that Ratner told an older woman standing next to Page at a cast and crew “meet and greet," “You should f**k her to make her realize she’s gay.” Page was not publicly out as gay at the time.
“This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic,” Page detailed.
Actress Anna Paquin quickly backed up Page's story, tweeting, "I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you @EllenPage."
In her Facebook post, Page also accused the director of sexually harassing women while working with him on "X-Men."
“I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her ‘flappy p***y,’” she wrote.
Six actresses, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, among others, have also accused Ratner of sexual misconduct or harassment, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Actress Natasha Henstridge was 19 when she was allegedly forced to perform oral sex on the director.
“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, through his attorney Martin Singer, disputed Henstridge's account. He has also denied the allegations to CNN: "Brett Ratner vehemently denies the outrageous derogatory allegations that have been reported about him, and we are confident that his name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively evaluate the nature of these claims," Singer's statement read. "He understands the seriousness of this issue and the importance of addressing the concerns of victims of sexual misconduct both in the entertainment industry and beyond."
In her post, Page wrote, “Women, particularly the most marginalized, are silenced, while powerful abusers can scream as loudly as they want, lie as much as they want and continue to profit through it all. This is a long awaited reckoning. It must be.”
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