These days, it seems we're literally inundated with accusations of sexual assault. Everywhere we turn, another public figure is being accused of sexual assault, and usually, it's not by just one woman. No, it's six or seven or sixty, or hundreds – many of them usually public figures themselves with enough wealth and clout that no one can doubt that these men couldn't have done what they're accused of doing. It seems that the floodgates are finally open, and women feel comfortable and supported enough to name and shame their assaulters with the hopes that this will lead to more punitive measures.
This week, two more public figures were accused of assault – director Brett Ratner and actor Jeremy Piven.
Ratner is the director behind the Rush Hour film series and X-men: The Last Stand. His production company, Ratpac-Dune Entertainment produced the Oscar winning movie The Revenant, along with Horrible Bosses and the Snow White remake Mirror Mirror.
Jeremy Piven, you may remember from the HBO show "Entourage" where he played high-powered agent Ari Gold.
Piven has also acted in a number of blockbusters including Grosse Pointe Blank, Black Hawk Down, and Smokin’ Aces.
Ratner was accused by six women including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
Henstridge, who you may remember as Sil, the titular alien from the movie Species, or Dawn Chamberlain from the TV show The Secret Circle told the L.A. Times that the director forced her to give him oral sex after she’d gone to his New York apartment for a small viewing party with friends. When she woke up, her friends were gone and Ratner blocked the doorway and began touching himself. Then he forced her to give him oral sex.
“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” Henstridge said to the L.A. Times. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
Munn met Ratner on the set of "After the Sunset" in 2004, when she was an aspiring actress.
When she delivered food to the director’s trailer as a favor for a friend, he blocked the door and began masturbating in front of her. Munn wrote about it in her essay collection Suck It, Wonder Woman. While she did not name Ratner, he admitted to it on an appearance of “Attack of the Show,” while falsely claiming he “banged her.”
He admitted to Howard Stern this was a lie days later.
Even worse, when Ratner met her at a Creative Artists Agency party years later, he told her that he'd he'd ejaculated to magazine covers of her. At least two people overheard the interaction and corroborated it.
This horrific interaction, and the rumors Ratner persistently spread about being intimate with her forced Munn to come forward.
“I’ve made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner,” Munn said. “It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit. You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore.”
But that’s not even the worst part…