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Ellen Page alleges ‘horrific’ sexual harassment by X-Men director Brett Ratner

Josh Jackman November 10, 2017
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Ellen Page has accused X-Men director Brett Ratner of sexually harassing her when she was 18.

Ratner, who has been accused of rape by former employee Melanie Kohler, allegedly told a woman standing next to Page: ‘You should f*** her to make her realise she’s gay.’

The lesbian actress said she had also been sexually harassed by a director when she was 16, and “sexually assaulted by a grip months later”.

Cannes, FRANCE: (From L) The female cast of US director Brett Ratner's film 'X-Men : The Last Stand' poses (from L) Canadia's Ellen Page, US Halle Berry, Dutch Famke Janssen, US Anna Paquin, Dominican actress Dania Ramirez and US Rebecca Romijn during a photocall for US director Brett Ratner's film 'X-Men : The Last Stand' at the 59th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, 22 May 2006. The film is presented out-of-competition. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The claims come after multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood figures including Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Tambor and Amazon Studios executive Roy Price.

Page came out in 2014, in an incredible, emotional speech to GLAAD, but her allegations date from the mid 2000s, when she was 18 and still struggling with her sexuality.

Writing on Facebook, Page said that the offensive comment had been made at a cast and crew meet and greet before filming began for X-Men: The Last Stand.

Cannes, FRANCE: (From L) The female cast of US director Brett Ratner's film 'X-Men : The Last Stand' poses (from L) Canadia's Ellen Page, US Halle Berry and Dutch Famke Janssen during a photocall for US director Brett Ratner's film 'X-Men : The Last Stand' at the 59th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, 22 May 2006. The film is presented out-of-competition. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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“I felt violated when this happened,” she recalled. “I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either.

“This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea.

“He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognise as homophobic.”

Producer Brett Ratner attends the 8th Annual Governors Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 12, 2016, at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. The Academy's Board of Governors is presenting Honorary Oscar Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmaker Frederick Wiseman. / AFP / Valerie Macon (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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She alleged that Ratner made other horrendous remarks.

“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 pussy’.”

The Inception star, who said in 2015 that she wished she had come out sooner, said that “this public, aggressive outing left me with long-standing feelings of shame”.

She added: “Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, designed to oppress and repress.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 04: Brett Ratner attends "Before The Flood" Special Screening at New World Center on October 4, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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“I was robbed of more than autonomy over my ability to define myself.

“Ratner’s comment replayed in my mind many times over the years as I encountered homophobia and coped with feelings of reluctance and uncertainty about the industry and my future in it.”

Page said that the power imbalance was clear on set.

“I got into an altercation with Brett at a certain point,” she remembered. “He was pressuring me, in front of many people, to don a t-shirt with ‘Team Ratner’ on it.

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Ellen Page attends the "My Days Of Mercy" premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 15, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
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“I said no and he insisted. I responded, ‘I am not on your team.’

“Later in the day, producers of the film came to my trailer to say that I ‘couldn’t talk like that to him,’ she continued.

“I was being reprimanded, yet he was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed.

“I was an actor that no one knew. I was eighteen and had no tools to know how to handle the situation.”

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Ellen Page of 'The Cured' attends The IMDb Studio Hosted By The Visa Infinite Lounge at The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Bisha Hotel & Residences on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
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Page said that these interactions with Ratner were not the only examples of sexual harassment she had suffered in Hollywood.

“When I was sixteen, a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one),” she wrote.

“He fondled my leg under the table and said, ‘You have to make the move, I can’t.’ I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation.”

Page said this produced “a painful realisation: my safety was not guaranteed at work.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Ellen Page attends the AOL Build Speakers Series - Ellen Page And Ian Daniel, "Gaycation" at AOL Studios In New York on March 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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“An adult authority figure for whom I worked intended to exploit me, physically.

“I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later.

“I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. I did not.”

The Canadian actress also said that working with director Woody Allen on 2012 film To Rome With Love was “the biggest regret of my career.

Brett Ratner attends his star on the Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood on January 19, 2017. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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“I am ashamed I did this,” she added.

“I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’

“Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”

She had chosen to speak out now, she said, because “women, particularly the most marginalised, are silenced, while powerful abusers can scream as loudly as they want, lie as much as they want and continue to profit through it all.

Cannes, FRANCE: The cast of US director Brett Ratner's film 'X-Men : The Last Stand' poses (from L) Canadia's Ellen Page, US Halle Berry, Dutch Famke Janssen, Australian actor Hugh Jackman, US Anna Paquin, Dominican actress Dania Ramirez and US Rebecca Romijn during a photocall at the 59th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, 22 May 2006. The film is presented out-of-competition. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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“This is a long-awaited reckoning,” she added. “It must be.”

She called on others to keep speaking out.

“Don’t stop demanding our civil rights,” she wrote.

“I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered.

“You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.”

Read Ellen’s full post here:

More: alleged sexual harassment, charlie sheen, Ellen Page, entertainment, Film Reviews, Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood, Inception, Jeffrey Tambor, Juno, Kevin Spacey, lesbian, movies, US, X-Men, x-men: the last stand

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