'They aren't woke; they're scared,' she said of the industry
Olivia Munn doesn’t understand why Brett Ratner still has ties to Hollywood after multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations were lodged against the filmmaker.
“I want Warner Bros. to sever all ties and relationships with Brett Ratner,” the actress said in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times, which first broke the claims.
Munn was one of six women who came forward with accusations against Ratner, as initially published in The Times. Among them, the X-Men: Apocalypse star claimed the director once masturbated in front of her and made sexually aggressive comments to her in public. When she initially accused Ratner in her 2010 memoir, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, the director responded by denying the claims and making crude comments about a sexual relationship with Munn that he later admitted never happened.
Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, again denied the allegations against his client in a 10-page letter to The Times.
“If you ask me, now, do I feel good? Do I feel like I have justice? No,” Munn said. “I’m thankful that we’re in this moment where our voices actually matter. But I don’t feel like there’s actually an awakening of consciousness in Hollywood. There’s an understanding that there will be backlash in the marketplace and to their bottom line if they don’t make these big announcements. They aren’t woke; they’re scared.”
Ratner held a first-look deal with Warner Bros. through his production banner RatPac Entertainment — a separate entity from Warner Bros. — that was set to expire in 2018. Following the allegations, an individual close to the situation told EW that the deal expired and would not be renewed. Ratner was said to no longer be involved as a producer on the film adaptation of The Goldfinch, and RatPac will no longer hold office space on the Warner Bros. lot in Hollywood.
Gal Gadot also confirmed this week that Ratner won’t be involved with the sequel to Wonder Woman. Though, this particular partnership likely would never have happened as the financing deal in place was set to expire early next year.
RatPac has a $450 million co-financing deal with Dune Entertainment to help fund a number of Warner Bros. films. That contract has a 2018 expiration date.
“In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities,” Ratner said in a previous statement to EW. “I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”