Actor Gal Gadot, star of 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” has reportedly said she won’t return for “Wonder Woman 2” if Brett Ratner remains the franchise’s producer.
A source told Page Six that Gadot doesn’t want a movie based on female empowerment to financially benefit a man accused of sexually harassing women. “She’s tough and stands by her principles,” the source said. “She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women.”
“Wonder Woman” was the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman. It raked in over $800 million at the box office, and a sequel for the film was announced in July.
Multiple women, including actors Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge and Ellen among others, have accused Ratner of sexual misconduct or harassment, according to The Los Angeles Times. 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."
Page accused Ratner of outing her and sexually harassing women while working with him on "X-Men: The Last Stand.”
“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.
Last month, Gadot posted a message on social media in support of all the women coming forward with their stories of sexual misconduct and assault.
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