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'Home Alone’ Actor Devin Ratray Reportedly Under Investigation For Alleged 2017 Rape
Devin Ratray, who famously played Kevin McCallister’s big brother Buzz, has denied the allegations made by Lisa Smith, saying the pair did not have sex.
“Home Alone” actor Devin Ratray—who famously played Kevin McCallister’s big brother Buzz—is reportedly under investigation for an allegation that he raped a woman in 2017 inside his New York City apartment.
Ratray, 45, who has not been charged with any crime, has denied the allegations to CNN.
Lisa Smith told the news outlet that she was sexually assaulted by the actor on September 21, 2017 after she had met up with Ratray—her friend of about 15 years—as well as her brother and another friend for a drink at a New York City bar before returning to Ratray’s apartment.
According to her account, Ratray prepared another round of drinks for the group but after she drank the one he had prepared for her, she started to feel tired and fell asleep on his couch.
"I remember waking up and I couldn't move. I couldn't really open my eyes, but I could hear what was happening and I could feel what was happening. I knew that the other two people were gone and I was still on the couch," Smith said, who now believes she may have been drugged.
She alleged that Ratray sexually assaulted her before leaving her on the couch. She woke up the next day and fled the apartment.
Smith filed a police report with the New York City Police a few weeks later, after confiding in friends and her family.
A detective flew to Utah, where she was now living, to interview her but the detective indicated on police forms that she didn’t want to prosecute anyone—despite Smith’s claims that she had always wanted to pursue the case.
Smith said she also flew to New York to meet with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and sent the detective the clothes she was wearing during the alleged assault in the fall of 2018, but never heard anything back and the case never moved forward, leaving her “confused” and “sad.”
"Why would I have met with the DA in the first place, years ago, if I wasn't willing to press charges?” she asked. “This was all very upsetting to me.”
Smith decided to revive her allegations after reading that Ratray had been arrested in December 2021 for alleged domestic assault and battery in a separate incident at a Oklahoma City hotel involving his then-girlfriend.
“Seeing that he was accused of assaulting someone else made me realize that I needed to do whatever I could to prevent him from hurting even more women,” she told CNN.
Smith said she’s since met with a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which is now looking into the allegations.
The district attorney’s office told CNN they had been “in touch” with Smith, but declined to provide any further details. Oxygen.com reached out to the DA's office as well, but did not receive an immediate response.
Ratray denied the allegations, telling the news outlet that although he remembered the night in question, he and Smith “did not have sex.”
Oxygen.com reached out to the New York City Police Department, who declined to specifically address the allegations Smith made about how the case was handled, but did comment on the department’s commitment to sexual assault victims in a more general sense.
“The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors,” police said.
Ratray was arrested in December for one count of domestic assault and battery by strangulation and another count of domestic assault and battery, KFOR reported previously.
Ratray’s girlfriend at the time told police that he allegedly choked her, telling her “this is how you die” before punching her in the face at a Oklahoma City hotel room during an alcohol-fueled argument between the pair.
He has pleaded not guilty in that case.
In addition to the popular “Home Alone” franchise, Ratray has appeared in “Nebraska,” “Masterminds” “Chicago Med” and “The Tick.” He also recently appeared in an episode of “Better Call Saul.”