Patty Jenkins "Extremely Distressed" by Brett Ratner Sexual Harassment Allegations
The 'Wonder Woman' director spoke out on Twitter against Ratner just days after she gave a speech at a dinner honoring him.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has spoken out about the recent allegations of sexual harassment against fellow filmmaker Brett Ratner.
Responding to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the claims of sexual assault or harassment by six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, against Ratner, Jenkins tweeted on Wednesday: "I am extremely distressed to read these terrible allegations against Brett Ratner. When I spoke of Brett, I spoke of my own experiences with him, which were not these at all."
Jenkins was referring to an appearance she made Sunday night at the Jewish National Fund dinner in Los Angeles, which was closed to press, during which she presented Ratner with the Tree of Life Award for his philanthropic work in Israel. Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot had pulled out of the dinner shortly beforehand, and Jenkins took her place. During her speech, Jenkins recalled that Ratner wrote her a check to cover the costs of her thesis film and how she met him while working on music videos in New York City over 20 years ago. After her introduction, Jenkins embraced Ratner as he accepted his award.
Ratner's RatPac-Dune Entertainment co-financed Jenkins' Wonder Woman through its slate financing deal with Warner Bros.
You can watch Jenkins' speech in full below.
Jenkins went on in her statement on Twitter to say, "I have never witnessed nor been aware of anything that is now being described. To be very clear, I am definitely not okay with this kind of behavior. Sexual harassment and assault are NEVER okay and I stand with and defend all of the men and women who are revealing these horrific encounters all over this industry and the world. I hope their disclosures bring about real change for all of us, and I am deeply grateful to them for their bravery."
Following the L.A. Times report, Warner Bros. announced it is "reviewing the situation" and Ratner's first-look deal at the studio.