Hollywood sex accusations now levied during Ratner, Hoffman

NEW YORK — Hollywood’s widening passionate nuisance predicament has ensnared a distinguished film executive after 6 women — including thespian Olivia Munn — indicted Brett Ratner of passionate bungle in a Los Angeles Times news on Wednesday.

Playboy Enterprises fast distanced itself from Ratner as his profession denied a allegations. Late Wednesday, Ratner announced he would step divided from work with Warner Bros. for an vague volume of time.

The reverberations also reached behind 32 years as Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman came brazen to apologize for allegedly intimately badgering a 17-year-old novice in 1985.

Writer Anna Graham Hunter purported in a Wednesday mainstay in The Hollywood Reporter that a now 80-year-old actor groped her on a set of TV film “Death of a Salesman” and “talked about sex to me and in front of me.”

Hoffman released a matter Wednesday, apologizing for “anything we competence have finished could have put her in an worried situation. we am sorry. It is not contemplative of who we am.”

Munn also complained about conflict behavior, alleging that while visiting a set of Ratner’s “After a Sunset” in 2004, he masturbated in front of her in his trailer. Munn described a incident, but fixing Ratner, in a 2010 collection of essays.

Ratner’s counsel released a matter Wednesday in that he pronounced a executive “vehemently denies a vast derogative allegations” and is “confident that his name will be privileged once a stream media frenzy dies down and people can objectively weigh a inlet of these claims.”

Ratner destined a “Rush Hour” film series, “Red Dragon,” ‘’X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Tower Heist.” He has a first-look understanding with Warner Bros. and his RatPac and Dune Entertainment has an endless co-financing understanding with a studio that has encompassed most of Warner Bros.’s output, including “Wonder Woman,” ‘’It” and “Justice League,” ‘’It.”

“We are wakeful of a allegations in a LA Times and are reviewing a situation,” Warner Bros. pronounced in a statement.

By late Wednesday, Ratner pronounced he would “personally step divided from all Warner Bros.-related activities.”

“I don’t wish to have any probable disastrous impact to a studio until these personal issues are resolved,” Ratner said.

Playboy Enterprises has dangling any of a projects that concerned Ratner, including operative on a biopic of Hugh Hefner, that was to star Jared Leto. “We are deeply uneasy to learn about a accusations opposite Brett Ratner. We find this kind of function totally unacceptable,” according to a statement.

“Wonder Woman” executive Patty Jenkins, who presented Ratner an endowment during a Jewish National Fund cooking on Saturday, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that she was uneasy by a accusations. She combined that had never witnessed or been wakeful of any bungle by Ratner.

Ratner and Hoffman turn a latest Hollywood total to face allegations of misusing their energy to harass actresses, a list that now includes writer Harvey Weinstein and writer-director James Toback. Harassment allegations have also been levied opposite actors Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven.

The predicament has widened to other areas of party and media, including nation music. Kirt Webster, a vital nation song publicist who has represented high form clients like Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr., had denied accusations that he intimately assaulted an determined nation singer.

A former thespian named Austin Rice says Webster groped his genitals, kissed him, done him frame exposed and intimately assaulted him in 2008.

His firm, Webster Public Relations, on Wednesday altered a name to Westby Public Relations and is being run by comparison clamp boss Jeremy Westby. A matter from a association pronounced Webster is “taking time divided from a business to concentration on a gross and wrong allegations.”

Police in Beverly Hills on Tuesday announced they have launched rapist investigations over complaints perceived about Weinstein and Toback. Weinstein also is being investigated for passionate attack or rape by military in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Weinstein has denied enchanting in any non-consensual passionate contact. His representative, Sallie Hofmeister, had no criticism on a Beverly Hills investigation. The dialect pronounced late Tuesday that it was questioning Weinstein and Toback after receiving “multiple complaints,” nonetheless a dialect did not mention a inlet of a complaints.

Weinstein has been dismissed from a association he co-founded and is suing The Weinstein Co. in Delaware seeking entrance to his crew record and his emails. The association remarkable in a authorised filing Wednesday that Weinstein is contesting his banishment in private arbitration. The association is also seeking a decider to reject Weinstein’s ask to fast-track a case.

Dozens of women, including actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams, have purported that Toback intimately tormented or assaulted them.

Toback has denied a allegations. He does not have a deputy to margin inquiries about a rapist investigation.

Repercussions have been quick after allegations opposite Weinstein surfaced. Weinstein was dismissed from a association he founded within days after initial reports of passionate nuisance were published and Netflix dangling prolongation on a final deteriorate of “House of Cards” on Tuesday amid allegations star Spacey done a passionate allege on actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 when he was 14.

The preference to postponement prolongation Tuesday came before a second actor intended allegations opposite Spacey.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos wrote on his Facebook page that he encountered Spacey during a bar of London’s Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was artistic executive from 2004-15, and a actor attempted to fondle him opposite his will.

Cavazos declined an talk request. There was no respond to a ask for criticism from member for Spacey.

In a matter Tuesday, a museum voiced “deep dismay” during a allegations and pronounced “inappropriate function by anyone operative during The Old Vic is totally unacceptable.”

Also Tuesday, CBS pronounced it is “looking into” accusations by thespian and existence star Ariane Bellamar that Emmy-winning “Entourage” star Piven groped her on dual occasions.

On her Twitter comment Monday, Bellamar purported that one confront took place in Piven’s trailer on HBO’s “Entourage” set and a other occurred during a Playboy Mansion.

Piven, who stars in a new CBS array “Wisdom of a Crowd,” pronounced in a matter that he “unequivocally” denies a “appalling allegations being peddled about me.”

“It did not happen. It takes a good understanding of bravery for victims to come brazen with their histories, and my wish is that a allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard,” he said.

HBO, that aired a 2004-11 series, pronounced in a matter that it was unknowingly of Bellamar’s allegations until they were reported by media.


AP Television Writer Lynn Elber and AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles and Berenice Bautista in Mexico City contributed to this report.

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