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Read actress Ellen Page's powerful personal message about Hollywood abusers

Read actress Ellen Page's powerful personal message about Hollywood abusers”

Six other women, including actress Olivia Munn, have also accused Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct - charges he and his camp have strenuously denied. The young stars of Stephen Frears's Les Liasons Dangerous (Uma was in her teens here.) They would both go on to make hordes of films, garnering three Oscar noms between them.

When she was 18 years old, the actress says that Ratner made a lewd joke about her sexuality during a cast and crew "meet and greet" on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand.

Canadian actress Ellen Page is alleging filmmaker Brett Ratner made her feel "violated" with comments about her sexuality and outed her without her consent. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: "You should fuck her to make her realize she's gay". He was the film's director, Brett Ratner.

'Women, particularly the most marginalized, 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, ' she said towards the end of the post. The episodes ultimately led to an indirect "altercation" between the two, when Page refused to wear a shirt that read "Team Ratner" at the director's request. Producers then approached Page in her trailer and told her she "couldn't talk like that to him [Ratner]".

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. She says she was taken out to business dinner by a director when she was sixteen years old and he fondled her leg under the table. I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work. An adult authority figure for whom I worked meant to exploit me, physically. I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. '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.

Ellen also opened up about her regret over starring in the Woody Allen film To Rome With Love.

'I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career.

She received support from a co-star of the film: Canadian-born Anna Paquin, who said on Twitter that she "was there when that comment was made".

Ratner has not yest responded to Page's claims, but last month his attorney issued a statement saying the director "vehemently denies the outrageous derogatory allegations" and is "confident that his name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively evaluate the nature of these claims".

The conclusion Page comes to in her Facebook post is that "women of color, trans and queer and indigenous women have been leading this fight for decades (forever actually)". I have the wealth and insurance to receive mental health care.

"Maybe instead of being one among many, [this film] will make me the one", a fresh-faced Rob Lowe told us in 1984.

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