In the midst of the #metoo movement, producer Brett Ratner takes a woman to court for false rape claims posted on social media.
On Wednesday, November 1, The Revenant producer Brett Ratner filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Hawaii against a woman named Melanie Kohler. The reason? Defamation. The woman allegedly posted a false story in which she described Ratner as “a rapist”, with the intent to damage his reputation.
Kohler’s post was made on Facebook, on October 20. In it, she claimed the movie maker “preyed on me as a drunk girl [and] forced himself upon me” and said he was “a rapist on at least one night in Hollywood about 12 years ago.”
Brett Ratner’s lawyer told TMZ that, according to Kohler’s story, they met in 2005 and he took her to Robert Evan’s house – where he was living at that time – and raped her. They are all lies, according to the lawyer and he threatened with suing her if she did not delete the post. However, soon after, she found new ways of getting her story out.
Ratner is seeking damages for “emotional distress, worry, anger and anxiety and injuries to his personal and professional reputation”, Huffington Post writes.
The lawsuit comes just after the publishing of a story in the Los Angeles Times, in which six women say that Brett Ratner sexually harassed them. Among them, actresses Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne and Natasha Henstridge.
Their claims were also discarded.
However, repercussions weren’t late: Warner Bros. Removed Ratner as a producer for The Goldfinch and chose not to renew his production contract.