Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of sexual harassment
The Juno star is that latest actress to come out with allegations of sexual abuse against Hollywood’s Brett Ratner.
On Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, Ellen Page took to Facebook to share her disturbing personal experiences with the director, with whom she’d worked on X-Men: The Last Stand. In the lengthy post, Page described how Ratner had once allegedly pointed to her, then 18 years old, and told one of Page’s female co-stars, “You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.”
Page, now an openly gay woman, had not yet come out to the public back then. She recalled feeling “violated” by Ratner’s words. “He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic,” Page wrote.
But that wasn’t the only disgusting act Ratner did, according to Page. She stated, “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.'”
Page also recounted a fight she’d had with Ratner—who’s since been accused of sexual misconduct by several actresses including Olivia Munn—after she refused to wear a t-shirt emblazoned with “Team Ratner.” She said she was later scolded by movie producers, who reportedly said she “couldn’t talk like that to him.”
Unfortunately, Page, who grew up in the entertainment industry, revealed that Ratner wasn’t the only Hollywood bigwig to cross boundaries. While she didn’t name names, Page asserted that a director once “fondled” her leg at dinner and encouraged her to “make the move” when she was 16 years old. That same year, she said she was assaulted by a crewmember after an “adult authority figure” attempted to physically exploit her. Later, another unidentified director allegedly asked her to sleep with a man in his twenties and to tell him about the experience.
Calling accepting a role in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love “the biggest regret of my career,” Page passionately stated, “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.”
“This is a long awaited reckoning. It must be. It’s sad that ‘codes of conduct’ have to be enforced to ensure we experience fundamental human decency and respect,” Page concluded. “Don’t allow this behavior to be normalized. Don’t compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don’t stop demanding our civil rights.”
As Nicki Swift previously reported, the Los Angeles Times exposed Ratner’s alleged history of sexual harassment and assault in early November. Actresses Natasha Henstridge, Jaime Ray Newman, and Olivia Munn, among others, all came forward with their own disturbing accounts of Ratner’s alleged behavior over the years.
While we wait to see what comes of the claims made against Ratner, read up on how celebrities have reacted to the allegations.